PM warned 'patients are dying in hospital corridors'

Sturgeon urged to 'stop cutting hospital beds' at First Minister's Questions

Sturgeon urged to 'stop cutting hospital beds' at First Minister's Questions

In addition, nearly half a million patients called the NHS 111 helpline last week, the highest number ever.

'An average of 10-12 hours from decision to admit a patient until they are transferred to a bed'.

A spokesman for the Vic said the severity of cases seen last month meant people were spending longer on the ward, while the success of efforts to get patients with more minor conditions to seek treatment elsewhere - such as walk-in centres - meant a greater proportion of those seen at the hospital needed more intensive treatment, causing delays for other patients.

It comes as the consultants leading 68 NHS A&E departments wrote to the Prime Minister, warning of "appalling" safety risks because hospitals have too few staff and beds to cope with current demand.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said the Government was managing the current pressures on the NHS badly, 38 Degrees said.

It calls for an increase in social care funding to allow patients to be cared in the community, freeing up beds, and a review on the number of hospital beds.

Liberal Democrat leader Mr Rennie said: "The pressure faced by the NHS has been coming for years, it was largely predictable".

"We are experiencing significant pressures this winter because of a high number of complex cases and respiratory illness and our staff are working extremely hard to continue to provide the highest standards of care".

"While we do not want any delay to patient treatment, ensuring that patients with flu are admitted to, and cared for in the right place must always come first - the clinical needs of our patients is paramount".

Mrs Smalley was left on a trolley in a corridor between 6am and 8am before being moved to a bed in the hospital, which declared a "major incident" over New Year and issued a plea for staff to volunteer for shifts.

According to figures released by NHS England more than 700 patients waited more than four hours at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) emergency department during December.

The facts remain however that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded.

The letter adds that sometimes the consultants see over 50 patients at a time who are waiting to be shifted to a bed in the emergency departments.

There was also a sharp rise in the number of flu cases presenting to Global Positioning System -up 78 % - from 21 per 100,000 to 37.3 per 100,000.

Questions have been asked in recent days about low flu immunisation uptake rates for NHS staff, with HPS again urging everyone who is eligible for vaccination to do so.

A hospital spokesman said: "We would like to extend our honest apologies to Esme Thomas and her family, and to all our patients who have had to spend much longer in A&E than normal waiting for a hospital bed. We apologise unreservedly to any patient who has waited longer than they should for treatment".

The only exceptions to this are cancer operations and what the NHS called "time-critical procedures" where the surgery has to go ahead to avoid the patient's condition deteriorating further.

Royal College and the relevant arms length bodies.

It comes as new figures revealed the number of flu cases in Scotland had more than doubled over the past week, leaving them four times higher than the same time a year ago.

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