SOARING numbers of elderly patients are having to wait at least 12 hours stuck on trolleys in Accident & Emergency departments.
Chris Moulton, vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “We don’t have enough acute hospital beds or enough social care for a growing and ageing population.”
Data from the NHS revealed that 185,017 patients waited at least 12 hours on trolleys and chairs last year, up from 87,213 cases in the previous 12 months.
We don’t have enough acute hospital beds or enough social care
A “patient risk” summit was held 10 days before the deaths, due to concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission about the hospital.
The memo to staff said: “Despite our best efforts, patients are waiting too long in corridors putting them at risk of harm and we know this is of real concern to our staff.”