Dead due to long waiting times in emergency rooms in England

At least two patients have recently died in England due to hours of waiting in front of emergency rooms. Internal documents, from which the PA news agency quoted today, paint a disastrous picture of the situation.

In a letter, the head of the NHS health service calls for the queues of ambulances in front of emergency rooms to be ended and ambulances no longer to be used as additional waiting rooms.

The risk to patients is enormous, said the medical director of the NHS, Stephen Powis, and the head of the NHS emergency services, Pauline Philip, in the letter, quoted from the PA.

Rescue service provider: The reason is a pandemic

The handover from the ambulance to the emergency room shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. The reason for the enormous burden is the pandemic, said Martin Flaherty from the Association of Rescue Service Providers.

Emergency facilities and ambulances are under enormous pressure, also because of distance rules and employees who have to isolate themselves after contact with infected people. Since April, the number of waiting times for ambulances has increased almost tenfold. In September, emergency rooms treated a total of 1.39 million people – more than ever before in a month.

Investigation initiated after death

An investigation was opened in the city of Worcester after a patient died while waiting five hours in an ambulance outside the door of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. In Cambridge, a woman died in a similar case.

For the first time in history, the NHS in the West Midlands area of ​​Birmingham raised its risk assessment for delays in emergency handover to the highest level. PA cited from documents that a patient had to be cared for by an ambulance crew for more than 13 hours. There have been several cases in which “severe damage” occurred to patients.

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