Fears on 999 transfer delays at A&E harming patients

They said emergency departments were being put under “intolerable pressure”. A survey by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine found 61 percent of clinical leads were struggling to complete ambulance handovers within the 15-minute target.

Almost half said they had treated patients in areas such as corridors every day in the last week.

RCEM president Dr Katherine Henderson said: “This is only the beginning of winter. We are facing a crisis in urgent and emergency care and a crisis of patient safety.”

The RCEM wants A&E capacity expanded, more Same Day Emergency Care and staff shortages addressed.

College of Paramedics chief Tracy Nicholls said: “Reform must happen to alleviate the intolerable pressure.”

Martin Flaherty, of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, added: “Excessive handover delays and crowding in A&E departments are routinely harming patients, some very severely.”

A further 47,240 Covid cases and deaths were announced yesterday.


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