12 Jan 2023

Inside UK hospital overstretched and under pressure

Health and Social Care Editor

Patients in England are seeing the worst ambulance response times and longest A&E waits on record – while almost 55,000 people waited more than 12 hours in A&E last month, a sharp increase on the month before.

The number of beds taken up by people medically fit to be discharged also hit a record high.

It has left health service staff wondering how bad things have to get before the government takes urgent action.