The Royal College of Nursing has warned that rising pressures in A&E across the UK is leading to patients queuing on trolleys in corridors for hours.
Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s emergency care association Janet Youd told a press conference at the college’s annual congress many A&Es were seeing a return to practices of 15 years ago when waits of 12 hours or more were common.
RCN chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter said the system was not “coping”.
He added: “Rather than banter with the government about who is right and who is wrong, let’s come to terms with the fact the system is in crisis.”
Figures from the Department of Health show 17.3 million patients attended A&E in 2012, up by more than one million on 2011.
Do you think A&E departments are at breaking point? What can be done to relieve pressures?