Growing ambulance delays putting patients at risk of harm
Posted on 30th November 2021
A new report states that as many as 160,000 patients each year could suffer harm due to long waits and delays outside A&E.
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The damming NHS report was leaked to The Independent earlier this month, and was based on a study carried out across England. Still, the effect is not exclusive to England, with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service warning that their ambulance waiting times have trebled as they face the highest COVID infection rates in the UK.
Our medical negligence solicitors share the concerns of many over these reports, and the shocking stories that come with them of patients losing their lives while waiting for an ambulance, and patients needing serious treatment being turned away from hospital because of overrun A&E departments.
However, our medical negligence solicitors also recognise that this is part of a systemic problem within our healthcare system, with the report by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives claiming that ‘unacceptable levels of preventable harm are being caused to patients’, and that this was largely to do with a lack of staff to meet rising demands in patient needs.
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