Exclusive: 200 waiting simultaneously for ambulance – at a single NHS Trust

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:

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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.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Hunt has both denied and admitted that the NHS is in crisis.

Have similar information about your Trust? Email ambulancewaits@outlook.com.

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  1. Pressure at QA Hospital as NHS hospitals nationwide face problems

    Doctors and nurses are taking to social media sites to apologise to patients for the state of their departments with one described as in ‘third world conditions’ while others are calling for more help from the government.

    In Portsmouth, the situation is no different with Queen Alexandra Hospital struggling under the pressure that comes with winter months. The Cosham site has seen ambulances waiting five hours to hand over patients to the emergency department and desperate pleas from management for additional staff to go into work.

    Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/pressure-at-qa-hospital-as-nhs-hospitals-nationwide-face-problems-1-8315317

  2. Bit like Local Authorities have sold off most of the road gritters over the years. Some even sold them all. No chance getting an Ambulance then either except that the calibre of our NHS staff would walk with the kit to save a patience. Pity Management could not give the same respect.

  3. We need to stop telling them what they already know, stop waiting sometimes weeks for an ‘Apology’ that changes nothing while the whole thing escalates. It’s time to do something about it. Find a class action lawyer take them to court and crowd fund it. Petitions are doing nothing we have to get 100,000 signatures before they’ll deign to look at it let alone discuss it. When you have to fight your government to stop them hurting you, you can only assume it is the agenda

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  4. I believe that something is needed to bring these politicians to account, the Tories denied they were privatising the NHS when they clearly were.

    The so called clever bit though is that they can claim parliament voted for the legislation which relieved Hunt of all responsibility for the privatisation process that is ongoing.

    The current situation is that the CCGs are outsourcing all the NHS contracts by law. So that all services will end up in the private sector except those that the private sector doesn’t want.

    We can thank those nice Libdems for supporting these Tories in the destruction of the NHS.

    Whilst we are all distracted by the stupid EU debate the Tories are busy selling the ground from beneath our feet.

    The EU is a total distraction, we have Neo-Liberal politicians in Europe with exactly the same agenda as these Neo-Liberal Tories and we fiddle whilst Rome burns. Because people are drawn in by the corrupt media who are leading the debate.

    Getting rid of the lying Tories is and should be every bodies major priority, everything else is irrelevant.

  5. When the BBC is looking for someone with experience and knowledge to interview over the crisis in the NHS could they please not go to great lengths to find someone from ‘the institute of talking through their arse’ as they did today, who said “this happens every year, therefore it is not correct to call it a crisis”

    BBC, you excuse for a publicly funded broadcaster, instead of trying to protect Hunt (I wrote a book on how to privatise the NHS) how about interviewing professor Allyson Pollock who really does know what she’s talking about? Would her comments and information be TOO accurate for you?

  6. Demand a General Election now! Get it anyway one can! Get out and demonstrate against this Government! Write to MPs. contact Trades Unions, locally and nationally,write into media, put the demand on social media! Time to organise as an electorate and don’t wait for Labour to do it! If there’s Labour branches any in your neighbourhood contact them and demand that they act, they assist and they organise!

  7. This is an outrageous affront to democracy. The British value their NHS and would not want it sold off to privateers. It is not a government’s to sell. It’s OUR NHS.

  8. The BBC could ask Dr Bob Gill for the facts on the privatisation of the NHS. But they are very unlikely to. He woukd tell the truth.

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