Patients wait longer in emergency units than five years ago

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:953
  1. Mark Hunter
  1. Leeds

    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 …

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