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Blackpool hospital worst in country at treating patients within four hours

Blackpool hospital worst in country at treating patients within four hours

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 HPS statistics also showed that mortality rates related to the virus were still "low", with eight out of the total of 53 intensive care cases having died. In Scotland Bethany Walker, 18, who had planned to study midwifery, died on Friday at Raigmore hospital, Inverness.

Recent media coverage has reported numerous anecdotal accounts of how appalling the situation in an increasing number of our Emergency Departments has become.

The HPS report said: "Vaccination of those eligible for seasonal influenza remains the most important preventative measure to reduce influenza".

The letter to the Prime Minister said: "We feel compelled to speak out in support of our hardworking and dedicated nursing, medical and allied health professional colleagues and for the very serious concerns we have for the safety of our patients".

"This current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff".

"Hospitals exist to treat the ill, to make people better, and yet doctors are reporting that patients are dying in hospital corridors and hospital leaders are warning of a watershed moment for the NHS".

Mr Hopson said: "If we continue to run the NHS at close to 100% capacity, day in day out, permanently in the red zone, it's not surprising that the service can't cope when we get a high - but entirely predictable - spike in demand".

More than one in seven of all patients forced to wait more than 12 hours in A&E across England last month were in Blackpool.

"And we must not simply dismiss this as the inevitable increase in pressure that winter brings".




The heads of accident and emergency (A&E) departments of hospitals all across England and Wales have warned Theresa May that more people are dying prematurely in the corridors of the A&E departments than before.

But Ms Davidson said there were nearly 2,000 fewer hospital beds in Scotland than there were five years ago, when the total was more than 23,000.

Ms Davidson said: "People are waiting too long in A&E departments because there are no beds for them on wards, and because many of those hospital beds are taken up by patients who are waiting for their social care arrangements".

A review of the number of hospital beds that are available for acute care.

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

Health Secretary Shona Robison thanked both staff and patients across Scotland for their hard work and patience.

"I've seen on the news your answer is "we are doing better than England". Is this a joke?"

A survey of more than 1,600 adults in England found 9% said they personally had been recently affected by cancelled operations, cancelled appointments or long waiting times.

In the letter, sent on Tuesday, they also warn her that the routine overcrowding of hospitals, and the fact that as few as 45 per cent of A&E arrivals are being seen within the target time of four hours at some hospitals, are putting patients' safety at risk.

He said: "Instead of gratitude, we need a long-term, sustainable plan that closes the growing gap between resources, in particular finances, and the demand for services".