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Unprecedented Wait Times Lead to Over 14,000 Deaths in UK Emergency Rooms: What Can Be Done?

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Long wait times for emergency treatment in the UK lead to 14,000 deaths

New research by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has shown that over 14,000 patients in the UK died last year due to long waits for emergency services. With some patients waiting up to 12 hours, this study follows a larger work by the National Health Service (NHS) in 2021 that looked at health outcomes of 5 million people. Experts estimate that there are about 260 deaths per week related to waiting times in emergency departments, with one death for every 72 patients who wait 8-12 hours in the ICU.

According to Adrian Boyle, president of the RCEM, families of patients who die due to long wait times are left wondering what could have happened if they had been taken to the hospital sooner. He emphasizes the need for increased investment in intensive care and emergency care for both healthcare workers and patients. However, an NHS source suggests that RCEM’s figures may be misleading as they did not account for individual cases in their survey. The NHS reports a significant increase in emergency needs this year, with a rise in patients and emergency room admissions.

The NHS aims to have 76% of patients admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours by March 2024 under its urgent and emergency care recovery plan. However, the latest data shows only 56.5% of patients meeting that goal by February 2024. This highlights the urgent need for improvements to the plans including additional beds, equipment and effective strategies like same-day emergency care in many hospitals. It is clear that changes must be made to prioritize human life over funding and resource constraints if we are to prevent further deaths caused by long waits for emergency services.

By Samantha Jones

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