A&E wait times are now ‘apocalyptic’ and ‘worse than ever thought’, leaked NHS data shows, and could account for 1,000 patient deaths a month. LatestPageNews can reveal.
Nearly 700,000 people waited more than 12 hours in emergency rooms in the first seven months of 2022, according to leaked NHS data.
“Hidden” monthly trolley wait times, unpublished in national data, more than doubled this year compared to 2019.
dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, warned data shows tram wait times are “worse than ever” and said it was “scandalous” that the actual figures are not being released despite promises.
dr Henderson warned that the deterioration in ER wait times was the result of “decades of underfunding” and “unheeded warnings” about staffing and social care.
In a message to staff in Nottinghamshire, seen by LatestPageNewsHospital chiefs said patients waited more than 40 hours for emergency room beds last week, while some areas of the hospital ran at a staff ratio of 1:14 and patients waited at home without care.
The NHS has collected data on 12-hour wait times, measured from the moment a patient arrives at the emergency department. This data, as previously revealed by LatestPageNewsis far higher than the official figures released each month by the NHS, which only measure the time waited after a decision to admit a patient has been made.
data received from LatestPageNews shows a 144 percent increase in monthly wait times of 12 hours from arrival in 2022 compared to 2019, from almost around 37,000 per month to almost 100,000 and more than 51,000 in 2021.
Despite the increase in long waits, the average number of people attending emergency departments each month is broadly similar to 2019 at 1.7 million, suggesting that wait times are not being driven by an increase in attendance at large emergency departments are conditional.
The statistician Dr. Steve Black, who released a report on ER morale earlier this year, said based on the number of waits uncovered the independent, around 1,000 additional patients per month could die due to long waiting times in emergency rooms.
Feryal Clark MP, Labor Shadow Secretary for Primary Care and Patient Safety, said: “No one should have any doubt that after 12 years of Tory mismanagement, our NHS is in crisis and lives are at stake. Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are dying to distance themselves from that devastating record, but the fact of the matter is their fingerprints are all over it.”
In December 2021 Christine Boone narrated from Lincolnshire LatestPageNews Her mother, Beryl Sanders, who is blind, had to wait 10 hours in “agony” for an ambulance, three hours outside the emergency room and then, once in the ward, a further 20 hours in a “noisy” booth.
Ms Boone said: “She is very sensitive to noise so it was like hell for her… The doctor called me and said we can’t find a bed for her but we have to admit her because she can’t move . She’s in so much pain. When I got there, Mama was alone. There weren’t enough staff in the ER and I had to provide them with a sandwich and a cup of tea. I had to alert someone to try and get a bedpan.”
While she was waiting alone in the emergency room, items were stolen from her mother’s bag, Ms Boone said.
Long waits that usually occur in winter are now occurring year-round, with a 31-year-old Katie Stones, from Hereford, also describing a 20-hour wait for a bed after being admitted to hospital in April.
She said: “Staff are doing their best for patients, but they are frustrated that their best isn’t what they want to offer them… how many more patients have to die, how many staff have to go?”
dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “We have long known that the true number of patients staying in emergency rooms longer than 12 hours has been concealed, but these figures are worse than anyone could have imagined .
“These characters represent real people, real lives; lives at stake. While the pandemic will have had an impact, this is the result of years of unheeded warnings about the lack of available beds, staff and social care. It’s behind a decade of underfunding and the NHS is struggling to catch up.”
Although NHS England collects data on patients’ wait time after arrival at the emergency department in a number of ways, it has not yet released any figures.
dr Henderson said it was “scandalous” that the actual figures are not being released on a monthly basis, adding: “We need full transparency into this issue so that the Government and the NHS can work to fix it. It is deeply concerning that this does not appear to be of concern.”
dr Steve Black, who co-authored a paper on A&E mortality rates in the Emergency Medicine Journal earlier this year, said of the numbers: “Based on the work we published earlier this year on the relationship between excess mortality and length of stay Wait, there is likely to be over 1000 extra deaths in UK emergency departments each month compared to the number that would have died had wait times been shorter.”
He explained that the work he and his colleagues did showed a “remarkable increase” in mortality for people who waited longer than five hours, starting from 2016, when these waits were rare. It was estimated in the original study that one additional patient dies for every 82 patients who wait six to eight hours.
“The number of monthly waits also clearly shows why Covid cannot be blamed for the current problems… The current state of wait times in large ERs is apocalyptic and we see no honesty about the numbers nor good ideas on how to improve them.” can,” he added.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We know emergency care staff are under increased pressure, which is why we are taking steps to ensure people get the care they need, when they need it.
“The £30m deal for St John Ambulance will increase support at times of high pressure – including providing 5,000 hours of support a month to England’s Ambulance Trusts and helping to reduce delays in 999 call response times .
The DHSC added it will allocate £150million to emergency services to deal with the pressure.