NHS at ‘breaking point’: 12-hour waits double in A&E for elderly patients : Express.

SOARING numbers of elderly patients are having to wait at least 12 hours stuck on trolleys in Accident & Emergency departments.

An accident and emergency department

The chairman of the British Medical Council has said the system is at ‘breaking point’
British Medical Council chairman Dr Mark Porter said that the “system is at breaking point”.

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 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

Chris Moulton

The figures come as a leaked memo showed that NHS England was warned patients were at risk of being harmed at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where two patients died on trolleys.

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.”

Read More : Daily Express.

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