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New report highlights major rise in accident and emergency waiting times

29th September 2017

A new report has highlighted a significant recent rise in the number of patients facing significant waits for emergency care.

Quarterly performance figures from NHS England, highlighted by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, showed that 1,597 patients waited for more than 12 hours to be admitted to accident and emergency departments between January and March 2017.

This is compared to just 15 patients between January and March, meaning the figure has increased by a 10,546 percent margin over the last five years.

The large rise is particularly concerning given that last winter was considered was relatively mild and lacked a major outbreak of flu, and that early indications suggest that this year's flu vaccine will not be as successful.

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: "The figures show just how bad waiting times have become for patients in depths of winter. Patients should not have to endure such long waits, particularly in colder conditions when frail patients are more vulnerable."

He said the addition of around 5,000 extra beds would help to alleviate some of the pressures the NHS is facing.

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