Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

EXCLUSIVE: Christmas crisis for A&E wards

A RECORD 13,000 patients will be stuck on trolleys in hospital Accident and Emergency departments this Christmas.

Figures compiled by this paper show that 11,265 patients spent between four and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed in the past two weeks as overstretched A&E departments struggle to cope with increased demand.   Figures from NHS England also reveal the number of trolley waits over the whole year is the highest since records began a decade ago.  Numbers are predicted to go up a further 15 per cent over the Christmas and New Year fortnight to a record 13,000.  Between January and October this year, 153,517 patients waited up to 12 hours on a trolley, more than treble the 2005 figure.

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