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Hospitals ordered to take action to stop ambulances waiting longer than half an hour

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 18 July 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1791
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Doctors’ leaders have reacted with incredulity to demands that all hospitals in England take “immediate steps” to find extra space for patients so that no ambulance waits longer than 30 minutes.

A letter from NHS England sent to the heads of NHS trusts, integrated care boards, and ambulance trusts acknowledged that this will not be easy “and that it may place additional burden on staff at an already challenging time.”1

The letter was sent on 15 July, in response to the increased pressure on ambulance services over the past year and in light of the current heatwave. It said, “All systems that are …

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