'Patient stacking' claim19th 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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Title: 'Patient stacking' claim
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 5698
Date Added: 19th Feb 2008