A&E departments working ‘beyond limits of resilience’, emergency chiefs warn as waits grow

‘Large numbers of patients are being cared for in undignified conditions in corridors, at greater risk of hospital acquired infections,’ RCEM cheif executive Gordon Miles says

The performance of A&E departments in some trusts is below levels set in last year’s record-breaking winter crisis, according to emergency medicine bosses who warn staff and bed shortages mean hospitals are “at or beyond the limits of their resilience”.

Despite milder weather and the absence of a major flu outbreak, which added to 2018’s “perfect storm” of pressures, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has said conditions in A&E are “grave indeed”.


Full story on The Independent, 8 Feburary 2019