A&E Consultants say 'patients are dying prematurely' after being nursed in corridors

Ray Weaver
January 14, 2018

Robison said: "Scotland's accident and emergency departments are continuing to outperform those across the rest of the United Kingdom - and indeed it is to the great credit of NHS staff that even at the height of these exceptional winter pressures, nearly eight out of ten people who attended A&E were admitted, transferred or discharged within the four hour target".

This current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff. The staff is putting in their best efforts say the doctors and so are the trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

Patients in need of emergency care during these hours are now taken to hospitals in Bristol and Taunton.

'Some of our own personal experiences range from over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely'.

University of Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust was among the worst for hospital trusts in the country for the percentage of patients seen within four hours - 71.5 per cent - over the month.

The consultants have urged the Prime Minister to treat this issue as a "matter of urgency" and consider steps to address this problem.

In response to the letter, a department of health and social care spokesman said more A&E consultants had been employed since 2010, with £2.8bn allocated for further recruitment over the next two years.

Jim Crombie, deputy chief executive of NHS Lothian, said: "I would like to apologise to Mr Wilson and his family for any delays they encountered in the emergency department at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh". Are you anxious about the safety of patients?

The longer that the patients stay in ED after their treatment has been completed, the greater is their morbidity and associated mortality.

Nationally the picture is of an ongoing crisis as the figures show waiting time targets in accident and emergency departments have hit their lowest level in 14 years, with patients "dying prematurely" in their corridors before they are seen, according to some consultants.

More than one in seven of all patients forced to wait more than 12 hours in A&E across England last month were in Blackpool. The letter states that the NHS has, "insufficient hospital and community beds and staff of all disciplines especially at the front door to cope with our ageing population's health needs". They ended the letter signing on behalf of themselves and their departmental staff.

He said he was "so fed up of the lies" and claims the NHS is fine that he wanted to go public with his dad's story, adding: "I am lucky it was just the flu and cuts and bruises, as if it was anything else he could have died waiting that long on an ambulance".

A spokesman for The Save Weston A&E Campaign, which has been pushing for A&E to reopen overnight, said: "We feel deeply sorry for Mrs Thomas and her family and wish her a quick and full recovery, but we are also well aware of the very hard conditions under which dedicated NHS staff at Weston General are having to work".

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