1 August 2023
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has responded to April – June 2023 Emergency Department performance data for Northern Ireland.
The figures published by the Department of Health Northern Ireland show:
Commenting on the data, RCEM NI Vice President Dr Russell McLaughlin, said:
“These figures provide a depressing yet accurate reflection of emergency healthcare in Northern Ireland. Patients are continuing to face extremely long waits, with no sign of things improving any time soon.
“Our members are working tirelessly to provide the best care possible in these increasingly difficult times, but they lack the beds, resources, and staff they need, and they can only stretch themselves so far. It is a challenging and demoralising situation.
“Action to improve this unacceptable situation is urgently required but without a functioning Executive, we continue to head towards winter which is an iceberg looming on the horizon.
“The Northern Ireland Executive must reconvene to get a grip of the situation and #ResuscitateEmergencyCare before we head into the inevitable increased pressure of winter.”