A&E Consultants say 'patients are dying prematurely' after being nursed in corridors

  • A&E Consultants say 'patients are dying prematurely' after being nursed in corridors

A&E Consultants say 'patients are dying prematurely' after being nursed in corridors

"We need a moratorium before the next crisis, so will the First Minister promise to stop cutting hospital beds until patients have somewhere to go?"

Statistics from Health Protection Scotland showed 107 Scots in every 100,000 of the population were diagnosed with the virus in the week ending 7 January. The present frequency is four times what it was in the same week a year ago.

The increase in cases included all age groups from 15 years upwards. Just over half of the circulating strains of flu...

The HPS report said: "Vaccination of those eligible for seasonal influenza remains the most important preventative measure to reduce influenza".

NHS staff are doing a tremendous job at a tough time of year, and we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service.

It has been stated that the NHS was better prepared for this winter than ever before.

The higher flu rate in Scotland means the health service here is under greater pressure than the rest of the United Kingdom, she added.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is the worst in the country for hitting its four hour waiting time for A&E patients according to new figures which paint a picture of the NHS in winter crisis.

BMA Scotland, which represents Scottish doctors, warned on Wednesday the current situation should not be dismissed as "the inevitable increase in pressure that winter brings".

NHS Forth Valley has apologised to patients attending the accident and emergency department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital after they had the longest waits in Scotland between Christmas and new year.

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

But Ms Davidson said there were nearly 2,000 fewer hospital beds in Scotland than there were five years ago, when the total was more than 23,000. It argued that urgent decisions on long-term funding for health and social care, to allow the NHS to sustainably deliver all that is required of it under its constitutional standards, must be put in place no later than the November Budget - or there is a risk of further deterioration in performance.

In response to the letter, a department of health and social care spokesman said more A&E consultants had been employed since 2010, with £2.8bn allocated for further recruitment over the next two years.

Ms Sturgeon responded that "hundreds of additional winter surge beds" had been set up in hospitals as part of NHS winter planning.

The elderly man, who had smashed his head in a fall, then spent 13 hours on a trolley before being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she heard.

Leonard raised Mr Wilson's case to the First Minister after his son wrote to the health secretary earlier this week. "Is this a joke?"

The first minister added: "I am not standing here saying, and we have not said at any stage, that some patients are not waiting longer during these winter times than we would want them to wait".