Concerned doctors raise examples of 'overwhelmed departments'

A letter from doctors to the Health Minister warning of overcrowding at A&E units in Wales says there have been many experience of "real harm in our overwhelmed departments"

It highlights a number of examples of patients left waiting for to be treated at A&E units.

  • A patient with chest pain having a cardiac arrest whilst being seen in the eye examination room (as there was no room in the resuscitation bay)
  • No space in the resuscitation bay to accommodate a baby having a severe seizure
  • Waits for a ward bed of 24-36 hours are now common, and at least one patient spent a full 3 days in a Welsh Emergency Department.

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Doctors' A&E warning

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."