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May 16, 2011

Waiting Times at Queen’s Medical Centre in UK Reach All-Time High

Waiting times at the Queen's Medical Centre in the UK have increased 438% since 2010, figures released by trade union UNISON have revealed. According to data, more than 1,500 people had to wait in the emergency department for longer than four hours between 12 March and 12 April 2011.

By cms admin

Waiting times at the Queen’s Medical Centre in the UK have increased 438% since 2010, figures released by trade union UNISON have revealed.

According to data, more than 1,500 people had to wait in the emergency department for longer than four hours between 12 March and 12 April 2011.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH), which runs and manages the emergency department at the Queen’s Medical Centre, said rise was due to a 9% increase in the number of patients attending over the same period.

However, the NUH branch of union UNISON has claimed that it has been driven by the closure of 96 beds – meaning patients who needed to be admitted could not be moved out of the emergency department and onto wards.

NUH closed the beds in February and March in an effort to save £40m, reports thisisnottingham.co.uk.

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