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Emergency care crisis: the incompetence that underlies NHS failures

Poor political choices have resulted in unprecedented pressure and stress on an overstretched emergency nursing workforce

Poor political choices have resulted in unprecedented pressure and stress on an overstretched emergency nursing workforce

There is a national emergency in England that is causing harm, indignity and stress to patients and destroying nurses’ morale.

Rather than increasing the availability of hospital beds, successive governments have reduced bed numbers and closed emergency departments (EDs), replacing them with efficiency savings and the promise of increasing productivity.

The UK has 2.6 acute beds per 1,000 of population, according to an analysis by think tank the King’s Fund. By comparison, France, Belgium and Poland have double that number and Germany has three times as many. The significant deficit of hospital beds results in patients waiting for a place on a ward, blocking access to

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