Waiting Too Long for Emergency Treatment Leads to Death of 14,000 People in UK

Unprecedented: 14,000 UK Patients Died Due to Long Waits for Emergency Services in 2021

A recent study by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has revealed that over 14,000 patients in the UK died last year due to long waits for emergency services, with some waiting up to 12 hours. This research expands on previous research by the National Health Service (NHS) in 2021 and examines the health outcomes of 5 million individuals.

According to the research, for every 72 patients waiting 8-12 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU), one dies. About 65% of individuals waited over 12 hours due to a lack of hospital beds, and the risk of death increases after five hours of waiting. In 2023, more than 1.5 million patients in England had to endure waits of 12 hours or more.

The president of RCEM, Adrian Boyle, highlighted the lasting impact on families who wonder what could have happened if their loved ones had received care sooner. The urgent and emergency care (UEC) recovery plan aims to have 76% of patients admitted, transferred, or discharged within four hours by March 2024. However, by February 2024, only 56.5% of patients met this target. Professor Boyle called for urgent investment in intensive care and emergency services to address this issue.

While an NHS source cautioned against misleading figures, data suggests a significant increase in emergency needs this year. Despite challenges, efforts are being made to improve emergency care recovery plans with many hospitals receiving support for additional beds, equipment and implementing strategies like same-day emergency care.

The NHS is under pressure to address long wait times in emergency services as calls for increased funding and resources continue to grow louder.

Overall, this research highlights the pressing need for investment in intensive care and emergency services in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce deaths caused by long wait times for medical attention.

Calls are being made for increased funding and resources to prioritize patient care and address the issue of long wait times in emergency services while efforts are being made to improve emergency care recovery plans with many hospitals receiving support for additional beds

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