ITV News has seen a letter sent from a number of doctors to the Health Minister warning that "emergency departments are at the point of meltdown" and that most days, "they are seriously overcrowded."
The concerns are raised in the letter from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine to the Mark Drakeford. It is signed by 24 consultants at hospitals across Wales.
Our Emergency Departments are at the point of meltdown. Most days, they are seriously overcrowded. This jeopardises safety and puts patients at risk: there is clear evidence that death rates go up if patients requiring admission remain in Emergency Departments for hours whilst they wait for ward beds to become available. This is happening right here, right now, across Wales. Each of us has seen standards of care slipping in our departments, as we struggle to look after a dozen or more of patients stuck in the ED whilst waiting for ward beds, in addition to our normal workload.
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