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Waiting times in British casualty departments remain too long

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7180.351 (Published 06 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:351
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Some critically ill patients have to wait more than 20 hours in cubicles or on trolleys before being admitted to hospital, according to a recent “snapshot survey” of patients in accident and emergency departments in Great Britain.

    Researchers from the Association of Community Health Councils visited accident and emergency departments at 194 hospitals in England, Scotland, and Wales at 16 30 on Monday 25 January to ask staff how long patients had been there. The longest wait for a bed on …

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