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'Patient stacking' claim

19th February 2008

Unison has said ambulances are used to "store" patients outside of A&E departments at hospitals because of government performance targets about waiting times.

The practice - known as "patient stacking" - was carried out if the patient could not be treated in the unit within 4 hours. Mary Maguire, Unison spokeswoman said: "It happens time and time again. It is an appalling waste of resources. We should not use ambulances as waiting rooms."

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