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A&E staff face 'breaking point'

Prolonged wintry conditions or another outbreak of norovirus will see A&E departments across the country reach "breaking point". The warning from NHS leaders came as surveyed medics, nurses and voters all claimed patients are at an increasing risk.

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Survey: A&E departments understaffed by almost 10%

The survey found the average A&E department is understaffed by 9.7 percent

Accident and emergency departments in England are understaffed on average by nearly 10%, a BBC survey suggests.

A Freedom of Information request by BBC 5 live revealed 101 out of 166 hospital trusts who responded had 1,260 vacant posts as of August 2013.

The largest proportion of vacancies were found in four trusts in London.

According to the BBC, the Department of Health said A&E staffing was an ongoing problem, but action was being taken.

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