Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Report suggests 600,000 face waits of 24 hours in A&E

More than 600,000 patients a year are being forced to wait more than 24 hours in Accident & Emergency departments, suggests a new report which names the worst units in the country. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on A&E comes amid growing concern that casualty units are buckling under the strain even before winter sets in. The survey of almost 40,000 NHS patients names the 10 hospitals in the country with the lowest ratings from the public. The worst score goes to Tameside Hospital Foundation trust, in Greater Manchester followed by Medway Foundation trust, in Kent. Both were put into special measures during summer 2013 amid concern over failings in care and high death rates.

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