British tourist stuck in Spanish hospital for 11 days as 'NHS had no beds'

Insurance company was unable to find a bed for Chris Carr

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British tourist stuck in Spanish hospital for 11 days as 'NHS had no beds'

A British tourist has been stranded in a hospital bed in Spain for 11 days as his insurance company reportedly could not find him a bed at a UK hospital.

Chris Carr, from Wiltshire, worked in the University of Bath IT department for 35 years before retiring in May 2013.

He was travelling around Spain with his wife Sally on a four-month caravan trip when he fell ill with a diaphragmatic hernia, requiring an operation to remove part of his stomach.

Doctors in Spain speaking with doctors from his medical insurance company agreed he should travel back to the UK for the operation.

But they were reportedly unable to find him a bed at three hospitals near his home to do so.

Wife Sally, 59, a retired NHS midwife, told the Mirror: "We've both worked hard all our lives and paid our taxes.

"While the care here has been brilliant, it is back in the UK where there has been all the trouble."

So friends rallied round and stated a Get Chris Home campaign online, and he will now be flown to a hospital in Bath via an air ambulance on Thursday.

A former colleague at the University Bath told the Western Daily Press: "It was quite a shock, they were having fun and enjoying themselves, and then that happens.

"His ex-colleagues have been helping to share his story on Facebook and Twitter, and a few have written to his local Melksham MP.

"It obviously makes a difference I think, it's just getting your voice heard."

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