East Midlands ambulance patients have waited five years to get into hospital
East Midlands Ambulance Service patients spent a total of at least five-and-a-half years waiting in the back of ambulances for hospital treatment last year, new figures have revealed.
From April 2015 to March 2016, 98,504 patients had to wait 30 minutes or more to be handed from paramedics to A&E staff, with 18,782 of those waiting 60 minutes or more.
Paramedics are required to wait with their patients before they are seen by clinical staff so notes and observations can be handed over face-to-face.
In total, the amount of time EMAS patients had to wait to be transferred from an... read more