Hospital doctors deliberately discharge patients before they are treated to avoid NHS waiting time penalties, it was claimed today.
The allegation is one of a number of shocking examples of medical staff under pressure to meet government targets, according to a TV documentary.
ITV's Exposure programme carried out an undercover investigation in the Urgent Care Centre at Ealing Hospital in west London.
One patient waiting to be examined was told to take her own temperature by putting a thermometer in her ear.
Ealing Hospital said it was setting up an independent review to examine the claims.
Exposure: NHS Out-of-Hours Undercover, Wednesday, 22nd July, 10:40pm, ITV