Another day, another NHS in crisis realisation – more hospital delays.
It is not a surprise to hear we are in one of the busiest times at Accident and Emergency Departments around the country.
Yet again, our hospitals are struggling to cope.
Around one in eight patients that have been taken to Hospital with an ambulance has faced delays.
Individuals being taken to Accident and Emergency Department with an ambulance are meant to be handed over to hospital staff within 15 minutes.
However, more than 75,000 patients have faced more than 30 minute long delays in the handover upon their arrival to the Hospital.
Approximately 17,000 patients waited over an hour to be handed over to Accident and Emergency Department.
Statistics show that only 6 out of all Trusts did not have any delays over 30 minutes.
Some says that the NHS crisis we are now facing is not at all surprising.
Medical practitioners having raised their concerns in the past and urged the Government to act in order to prevent occurrence of such situations. So far, no successful action has been taken.
It appears that the Government yet again fails to realise the seriousness of the matter.
It also fails to recognise the consequences that failure to react and deal with the issues carries.
Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said: “A&E units are over-crowded, so staff just cannot take care of these patients and ambulance crews have to stay with them. It means they face longer delays for all the assessments they should get. It is a risk, but there is nothing we can do about it.”
Ged Blezard, director of operation of the North West Ambulance Service has said that the delays are causing a lot of problems and is compromising the safety of patients. He said: “We are nursing patients in Hospital corridors – and that is affecting our ability to respond to patients in the community. It is happening on a daily basis.”
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