Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hospital A&E system is very badly broken

Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

'The hospital A&E is the main experience most citizens have of our health system. It is proving to be a very poor and discouraging 'shop window'' (stock photo)
'The hospital A&E is the main experience most citizens have of our health system. It is proving to be a very poor and discouraging 'shop window'' (stock photo)

In fairness to our health service workers, it is always important to note that each day tens of thousands of people receive the best of care. But the state of our hospital A&E system is a cause of near despair and every other week we learn a new horror story about it.

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Today, our report on the large numbers who walk out of our hospital A&Es, worn down and frustrated by a long and fruitless wait, will not surprise too many people who have had to endure a marathon wait, sitting on a chair while suffering either illness or injury.

The report reveals a shameful situation and points up the real crisis afflicting our hospital A&E system, which by now is very badly broken. Each month, some 4,000 patients who register at emergency departments in the hope of being treated, end up walking out.

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