Almost 600,000 ambulances faced life-threatening 15-minute waits at A&E last winter as the NHS struggled to cope with unprecedented pressure



Thousands of ambulances are being held up at A&E units every day, preventing them from responding to life-threatening emergencies, figures reveal.
In the past three months, almost 600,000 ambulances faced delays of more than 15 minutes while patients were handed over to hospital staff.
Delays of 15 minutes or more are considered a threat to life due to them preventing ambulance staff from responding to critical medical emergencies, such as stabbings and heart attacks.
Unpublished figures reveal A&E handover waits are three times worse than officialNHS England statistics suggest. ... read more

 
3 April 2018 in Health, Views: 50
Source: Daily Mail
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