Hundreds of patients left waiting outside A&E at Warrington Hospital during December

Henrietta Brewer
January 12, 2018

"The doctors, the nurses, the ambulance crews, the patients and their families want to know what you are going to do to fix this mess that you have created in our NHS".

University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust - 59%.

However analysis by the BBC showed that A&E waiting time performance in December continued to be better in Scotland than in England, where senior doctors have warned that patients are "dying in hospital corridors".

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 57.6%.

The national figures show that more than 5,000 people were forced to wait more than an hour to be seen in emergency departments in England in the first week of the year, while more than 16,600 people had to wait more than half an hour, the NHS England statistics show.

In December 2016, 86.2% of A&E patients were seen in time, meaning the NHS success rate has fallen by 1.1% in just 12 months.

Weston General Hospital's A&E department has been closed between 10pm and 8am since July 4 following a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which found it could not guarantee safe levels of staffing overnight.

"We feel compelled to speak out in support of our hardworking and dedicated nursing, medical and allied health professional colleagues and for the very serious concerns we have for the safety of our patients", they wrote.

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.

It has been stated that the NHS was better prepared for this winter than ever before.

"In spite of all that thanks to winter planning, thanks to the efforts of our NHS staff, our NHS is coping admirably".

Jon Rogers attended the emergency department on Wednesday night and later tweeted his experiences on the front line. The experts warn about the hazards of having overcrowded emergency departments.

The facts remain however that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded. "As you will know a number of scientific publications have shown that crowded emergency departments (ED) are risky for patients".

"I said earlier this week, the health secretary said in the chamber, that we apologise unreservedly not just at winter but at any time of the year to any patient who waits longer than they should do for hospital treatment or doesn't get the standard of treatment that they have a right to expect and I do that again, unequivocally, today". These departments are not outliers.

Last week's 4 hour performance target was between 45 and 75%.

"We are tenth outside all in ambulances containing patients now waiting to be admitted to the hospital", Ms Butler-Smith wrote on, as they waited in the queue.

"In particular, it was an extremely challenging and demanding New Year weekend, with huge pressure in our A&E department and on our bed capacity".

Health service data shows flu rates are continuing to rise, with one in five hospital cases suffering from the most deadly strain, dubbled "Aussie flu" after it fuelled the country's worst flu season for more than two decades. They have asked for infrastructure and strategies to reduce the overcrowding in the A&E departments.

It calls for an increase in social care funding to allow patients to be cared in the community, freeing up beds, and a review on the number of hospital beds.

"No beds available for her". A number of independent organisations have confirmed that the United Kingdom has an inadequate acute bed base to meet the needs of its population.

"While the pressure has not eased off since New Year's Eve, it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our frontline staff that we have seen a reduction in ambulance handover delays".

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