400,000 patients are forced to wait in NHS casualty departments for at least 24 ... trends now
Twenty-four hours in A&E is ‘no longer just a documentary’, with long waits a reality for many and a ‘matter of national shame’, leading medics have warned.
Figures show almost 400,000 patients spent 24 hours or more in an emergency department in England last year.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), who shared the data, warned there would be a similar situation this year and that patients are coming to avoidable harm as a result of long waits.
Dr Adrian Boyle, president of the College, said: ‘We know that long stays in emergency departments are harmful. I think it should be a matter of national shame that we have these very long waits for admitted patients.
‘We must not normalise a very abnormal situation – 24 hours in A&E is not just a