Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

A&E waiting times in December have been revealed…and they're bad

A&E waiting times in December have been revealed…and they're bad

It continues: "The NHS is severely and chronically underfunded". "I've seen on the news your answer is: "Well we are doing better than England".

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".

One quarter of all patients had to wait for over four hours to get a bed in the emergency last month says the survey on performance of the A&E departments.

When she arrived, she said she had to wait in a queue for four hours before doctors could see her.

This is despite a winter plan set in place at each trust and extra funding, worth £437m, provided by the Government nationwide for the period.

The body warned that just 77.3% of emergency patients at major A&E departments were seen within the time frame in December.

"We will be apologising to the patient directly as he waited longer than we would have liked", he added.

The letter to the Prime Minister said: "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".

Ms Sturgeon said levels of winter flu were now four times the level recorded in the same week of previous year.

He said: "While we've still got a couple of months of winter left, this week's statistics provide further evidence that the vaccine is a good match against the current most common strains".

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

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But the letter says: "Our experience at the frontline is that these plans have failed to deliver anywhere near what was needed".

"Emergency departments saw the highest level of attendances over the festive period in a number of years".

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", it adds. "As you will know a number of scientific publications have shown that crowded emergency departments (ED) are unsafe for patients".

"We have seen in recent days an increase in the number of people presenting at Accident and Emergency from flu". These departments are not outliers.

"Similar to every other hospital in the country, we have been under extreme pressure seeing much higher volumes of very ill patients who need our care".

She said: "People are waiting too long in A&E departments because there are no beds for them on wards, and because many of those hospital beds are taken up by patients who are waiting for their social care arrangements".

We have known for a number of years that recruitment of staff to Emergency Departments has been challenging.

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. They have asked for infrastructure and strategies to reduce the overcrowding in the A&E departments.

"So we have both the number of hospital beds falling in Scotland and the number of elderly social care places have fallen too". A number of independent organisations have confirmed that the United Kingdom has an inadequate acute bed base to meet the needs of its population.

It concludes: "We would like to apologise to our patients for being unable to fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of staff".

You will understand with the public interest in this matter that we have released this letter to the press also.

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