There are fears of a new NHS crisis at Tameside Hospital after two critical reports by independent bodies.

The Guardian newspaper has published findings from the reports which claim patients were forced to wait for hours in a corridor before being taken to an A&E ward, there is a lack of doctors and nurses at the hospital and claims some patients had to wait days before being seen by a consultant.

The reviews also say that the hospital had bed occupancy rates of 100% at times. Experts advise hospitals should have bed occupancy rates no higher than 85% to ensure patients are properly cared for.

Patients are frequently waiting for long periods to see a doctor, according to the report.

Tameside and Glossop's Clinical Commissioning Group said nurses reported that: "should the registrar be very busy over the weekend, patients transferred to the ward on a Friday night might not receive a senior review (by a consultant) until the following Tuesday". This could mean a patient waiting 84 hours to see a doctor.

Staffing levels in the hospital were also criticised, meaning best practice could not be implemented in A&E and that the new paediatric A&E ward was not working as it should.

Tameside Hospital said it had drawn up an action plan to address the issues in the reports, which had been approved by the health regulator Monitor.

A spokesman said "some specific issues" raised by a representative of its junior doctors in February had already been addressed.

The hospital also cast doubt on some concerns raised by staff, which "were not able to be substantiated", although the spokesman said it took staff's views and concerns very seriously.