A recent news report has revealed that the number of hospital patients waiting for a bed has increased by 10,500% in just 5 years.
From January to March 2012, there were 15 cases of patients waiting on a trolley for a hospital bed compared with 1,597 people for the same period this year.
The NHS has a target of 4 hours for 95% of patients to be admitted, discharged or transferred. During January to March 2012, waits of over 4 hours stood at 40,022. During the same period this year, this figure rose to 177,012. Patients waiting on trolleys for more than 12 hours has risen by 10,500% in the past 5 years.
Norman Lamb, the health spokesman for Liberal Democrats described the NHS as ‘at breaking point.’
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