As the epidemic of excessive ambulance waits at Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments hits the headlines, BBC News has announced that 76,000 patients were forced to wait more than thirty minutes in ambulances outside A&Es – one in eight of the total.
The situation has become so bad that even a hospital Trust chief executive has tweeted about the ‘fleet’ of ambulances stuck outside his A&E:
This phenomenon inevitably impacts on ambulance waiting times, putting patients at risk.
Now whistleblowers at a Sutton’s St Helier hospital have told the SKWAWKBOX that on Tuesday night the number of people waiting at the same time for an ambulance reached two hundred.
The Trust has not been reachable for comment.
If the figure is correct, it paints a bleak picture for those in need of help across the country.
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