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Patient flow issues caused longer A&E waits last winter, Monitor says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4780 (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4780

Re: Patient flow issues caused longer A&E waits last winter, Monitor says

I read this report by Gareth Iacobucci and as I understand it:

A and E Depts are blameless.

A and E could not transfer patients to the wards because the wards were too full.

A and E had more patients coming in by ambulance than they could cope with.

There was no increase in unnecessary visits by patients.

If I have misunderstood, please could someone put me right?

If I have understood correctly, then:

Why does not the Secretary of State increase the capacity (beds and staff) to ameliorate the situation?

Competing interests: Might encounter "patient flow constraints one day.

08 September 2015
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit, constrained by corpus
Peterborough