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Bed shortages causing problems

22nd March 2013

Steve Wheaton, a senior boss of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, has warned that ambulances are not able to unload patients at hospitals in the area because of staff and bed shortages.


Mr Wheaton said almost 2,000 ambulances were forced to wait for more than an hour to unload patients at A&E departments and that it was the worst situation he had encountered in 20 years of working in the health service. Mr Wheaton said: "Patient safety is our number one priority and we do our best to make sure that we look after patients, but it is becoming increasingly hard to maintain a 999 service and a service to patients in a corridor. Corridors are not the best place for patients to be nursed." 

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Friday 22nd March 2013 @ 19:38

2000 ambulance hours are being wasted and patient safety is also affected. Will somebody/some authority listen to what Mr. Wheaton is saying?

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Article Information

Title: Bed shortages causing problems
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23941
Date Added: 22nd Mar 2013


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