Consultants criticise 'catastrophic' rise in 12-hour A&E waits

Consultants criticise 'catastrophic' rise in 12-hour A&E waits
From BBC - February 22, 2018

Emergency consultants say the rise in patients waiting more than 12 hours to be seen at A&Eis "catastrophic" and "unacceptable and shocking".

There were 5,111 patients with the longest waits in January - 36% more than in the same month in 2017.

The number of patients attending hospital emergency departments in Wales was also the highest for a January since records began in 2006.

NHS Wales said it had been an "extremely challenging period".

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales said 12-hour waits had been shown to be detrimental to patient outcomes and patient safety was a "real concern".

Dr Robin Roop, its vice president, said: "It is not acceptable that an increasing number of patients are being left in ambulances outside the A&E department or on a trolley in a corridor, without satisfactory care.

"This is unsafe, undignified and distressing for patients and their family members."

Glan Clwyd Hospital and Wrexham Maelor have the largest number of patients waiting more than 12 hours in A&E.

The target is that no patient should wait that long.

Meanwhile, the four-hour waiting time performance fell again over the month and is the lowest since March 2016.

The average across NHS Wales saw 78% of patients seen at A&E within four hours - slightly down on the same month last year - while the target is 95%.

More than 80,000 patients went to emergency departments in January.

The figures also show:

NHS Wales chief executive Dr Andrew Goodhall praised the "exceptional commitment" of staff in an "extremely challenging period".


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