Top A&E doctors have warned the NHS that they are no longer able to guarantee safe care for their patients.
In a leaked letter from 20 emergency medicine chiefs from the West Midlands seen by The Independent the doctors warn of"toxic overcrowding" and "institutional exhaustion."
All of our EDs [Emergency Departments] have been under immense pressure for the last few months.
There is toxic ED overcrowding, the likes of which we have never seen before.
Nurses and doctors are forced to deliver care in corridors and inappropriate areas within the ED, routinely sacrificing patient privacy and dignity and frequently operating at the absolute margins of clinical safety.
– Leaked letter from top A&E doctors
What is entirely unacceptable is the delivery of unsafe care, but that is now the prospect we find ourselves facing on too frequent a basis.