What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

"However, we are of course sorry for any extended waiting times experienced by patients and their families during this exceptionally busy period".

Nationally the picture is of an ongoing crisis as the figures show waiting time targets in accident and emergency departments have hit their lowest level in 14 years, with patients "dying prematurely" in their corridors before they are seen, according to some consultants.

The consultants' letter, leaked to the Health Service Journal, acknowledged the best efforts of staff, trusts and clinical commissioning groups.

"Thousands of patients are waiting in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space", they wrote.

Dr Dan Beckett, Scottish representative of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: "Falls and slips as a result of the icy weather and public holidays have put pressure on hospitals and A&E departments, however flu has had a significant additional impact on most acute medical units this winter".

Hospitals are reportedly overcrowded, struggling to cope and running out of beds.

A spokesman for the Vic said the severity of cases seen last month meant people were spending longer on the ward, while the success of efforts to get patients with more minor conditions to seek treatment elsewhere - such as walk-in centres - meant a greater proportion of those seen at the hospital needed more intensive treatment, causing delays for other patients.

The Scottish Conservatives called for a moratorium to be introduced to halt the decline in hospital beds.

Ms Davidson added: "As it stands, the SNP has cut bed numbers, and cut social care places".

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie called the problems "largely predictable" and said they were down to "Nicola Sturgeon's failure to do her job over the last ten years".

The First Minister said: "N evertheless, Scotland's NHS remains the best-performing NHS anywhere in the United Kingdom".

They describe the compromise of safety at hospitals as "intolerable" and the NHS as "severely and chronically underfunding", while also publicly apologising to patients for failing to "fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service".

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"Tom Wilson then spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor in A&E before being admitted to a general ward".

Mr Leonard said: "That is an 80 year old man with underlying health conditions waiting more than 16 hours for treatment".

Last week's number of cases is four times higher than the figure recorded in the first week of previous year when 24.6 people in every 100,000 had the virus.

Liberal Democrat leader Mr Rennie said: "The pressure faced by the NHS has been coming for years, it was largely predictable".

It was claimed Health Secretary Shona Robison had ignored a letter from Mr Wilson's son Michael demanding to know why his dad was left to suffer on New Year's Day.

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