Elderly man, 80, left waiting 16 hours for emergency treatment

Elderly man, 80, left waiting 16 hours for emergency treatment

It concludes: "We would like to apologise to our patients for being unable to fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of staff".

The consultants spell out a series of problems which are now impacting the NHS, including: thousands of patients waiting in ambulances for hours; more than 120 patients a day managed in corridors, with some dying prematurely; an average wait of 10 to 12 hours for a bed; and more than 50 patients at a time waiting for beds in emergency departments.

The consultants' letter, leaked to the Health Service Journal, acknowledged the best efforts of staff, trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

Official figures this week showed A&E departments had recorded the worst performance against a key waiting target since weekly reporting began, with 78% of patients dealt with in four hours - significantly below the Scottish Government's 95% target.

Bedford Hospital did not have a single unoccupied bed on two separate days during December, while one in eight ambulances had to wait for 30 minutes to drop off patients.

PATIENTS are dying in hospital corridors as waiting time targets in A&E departments hit their lowest levels in 14 years, Theresa May has been warned. The letter states that the NHS has, "insufficient hospital and community beds and staff of all disciplines especially at the front door to cope with our ageing population's health needs".

The Scottish Conservatives called for a moratorium to be introduced to halt the decline in hospital beds.

But it adds: "The facts remain, however, that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded".

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Dr Dan Beckett, Scottish representative of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: "Falls and slips as a result of the icy weather and public holidays have put pressure on hospitals and A&E departments, however flu has had a significant additional impact on most acute medical units this winter".

An NHS England spokesman said there had been a "marked increase" in norovirus in recent weeks and the number of cases are now above the five-year average for this week.

"Mr Wilson then spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor in A&E before being admitted to a general ward".

"The doctors, the nurses, the ambulance crews, the patients and their families want to know what you are going to do to fix this mess that you have created in our NHS".

"That is an 80-year-old man with underlying health conditions waiting more than 16 hours for treatment".

It comes as new figures revealed the number of flu cases in Scotland had more than doubled over the past week, leaving them four times higher than the same time a year ago.

Liberal Democrat leader Mr Rennie said: "The pressure faced by the NHS has been coming for years, it was largely predictable".

The Labour leader read an extract from a letter from Mr Wilson's son Michael to Ms Robison, which said: "I am sure you will say that it's got nothing to do with you or the SNP and blame Westminster".

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