A nurse at England’s worst performing A&E department was caught looking at beach holidays on her work computer by a furious patient, who claims she was waiting more than five hours to be seen.
NHS bosses have confirmed the incident took place and have said the unnamed nurse was being ‘managed accordingly’.
The woman was snapped scrolling through pictures of sunny beach resorts while on the phone.
The image was taken at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, was shared on a community Facebook page.
It comes amid record pressure on the overstretched NHS, with A&E waiting times, ambulance delays and bed occupancies rising to record levels.
The woman was snapped scrolling through pictures of sunny beach resorts while on the phone
The picture covertly taken at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, was shared on a community Facebook page
The nurse was slated online in the anonymous post shared by Spotted in Harlow.
The post read said: ‘Been in A&E for five hours… Meanwhile the nurse is booking her holidays.’
But dozens of people jumped to her defence commenting on the post: ‘With the hours they do, it might be the only chance she gets.
‘They work hard, they deserve a break.’
This comes after the hospital’s A&E department recorded the worst waiting times in England in December.
It comes after NHS England announced two weeks ago all non-urgent operations would be cancelled until February.
The controversial move was slammed by experts, but was considered as the only way to cope with the mounting pressure placed on the health service.
The NHS crisis is now the forefront of a political row over funding, with furious medics arguing this entire situation was avoidable with extra money.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt have been forced to publically apologise amid the crisis.
Bosses have also warned the health service is in the midst of a ‘watershed moment’ because it cannot currently deliver required levels of care.
A&E staff have spoke of their grave concerns of the ‘battlefield’ conditions they have faced this winter, revealing they are ‘ashamed’ over the ‘substandard care’.
Damning figures released on Thursday highlighted how poor the NHS is performing this winter, with A&E waiting times hitting their highest on record.