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Patients Endure 24 Hour A&E Wait

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Union reveals 85,000 patients faced an average seven hour wait for treatment in UK emergency rooms.

Shocking figures reveal at least one patient faced a gruelling 24 HOUR wait for treatment in A&E, according to new figures.

Data released by NHS digital this morning [1] also shows 85,000 patients faced an average seven hour wait to see a doctor or a nurse.

And for A&E patients who were eventually admitted to hospital, the AVERAGE waiting time was just under four hours – 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Waiting times have gone up five per cent in the past year alone – and 15 per cent since 2011.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, says this is yet another example of the health secretary play fast and loose with people’s lives to fuel the Tories’ flawed bid to undermine and privatise the NHS.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“These outrageous figures show Jeremy Hunt is playing dangerous games with people’s lives.

“No matter how he tries to move the goal posts – it is clear that for more serious cases a four hour wait in A&E is now the norm.

“And the idea of a patient waiting a day to be treated is nothing short of disgusting.

“No matter how the Health Secretary fudges these figures, he can’t hide from the stark truth – that he is not up to the job, and underfunding and privatising the NHS cannot and will not work.”


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Notes to editors:

[1] Data retrieved from NHS Digital Provision Accident and Emergency Quality indicators for England:

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