Patients wait longer in emergency units than five years agoBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7319.953 (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:953
- Mark Hunter
Patients attending accident and emergency departments in England and Wales are waiting longer than they did five years ago, both to be admitted to hospital and to see a doctor once they get there. This is despite an annual 1% increase in the numbers of patients using emergency departments, which has been more than matched by a 10% rise in the number of accident and emergency doctors since 1998.
The findings, from an Audit Commission survey carried out in England …