Patients 'facing long delays in ambulances outside A&E'

Labour has criticised hospitals as "too full" after figures claimed almost 300,000 ambulances were left queuing outside hospitals last year.

One patient in the West Midlands was forced to wait for eight hours and 11 minutes, the party claimed.

The Department of Health described the delays as "unacceptable", insisting progress was being made in reducing waiting times.

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Govt: 'Progress made in reducing unacceptable delays'

Progress is being made in reducing "unacceptable" delays in transferring patients from ambulances into A&E departments, the Department for Health insist.

Figures released by Labour claim nearly 300,000 ambulances were forced to wait outside A&E departments last year.

People rely on ambulances coming quickly in life and death situations and long handovers are completely unacceptable.

We're already making good progress in reducing the number of patients waiting for 30 minutes or longer - down by almost a third last winter - though there's always more the NHS can do.

– Department of Health spokesman

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