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RCEM: Now is the time for government action

13 December 2019

Responding to today’s A&E performance figures for November and Sitrep data for the week ending 8th of December, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Katherine Henderson said: “Performance continues to plummet to record lows despite the best efforts of staff.”

Data showed four-hour performance at major A&Es in November at just 71.3% – the worst on record. NHS England’s weekly Situation Report for the week ending 8 December showed that 94.9% of general and acute beds were occupied.

Dr Henderson said: “Our hospitals are near full and the number of patients needing to be admitted to a bed continues to rise year on year. Thousands of patients are staying longer than 12 hours in emergency departments each week.

“Patients are suffering as a result of years of under-resourcing. We welcome the promises made on health spending by the new government. For the sake of our patients these promises must be turned into action, and now is the time to act.”

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