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Nurse exposes shocking state of NHS in brutally honest speech

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This is the moment a nurse warns A&E patients that some of them will be waiting 13 hours, with no beds available in the department.

The dire state of the NHS in 2022 was highlighted in her speech at the waiting room of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.

The latest NHS figures show a record 24,000 people are waiting 12 or more hours at A&E every month before medics can find them – three times the target.

But these terrifying figures are only the tip of the iceberg – more than six million people are now awaiting treatment in England.

The new footage, taken on the evening of June 6, was taken by a car accident victim who, despite being in pain, had gone home after the announcement.

The staff member tells the room, ‘We have 170 patients in the department, with 90 patients waiting at the moment.’ ‘Our current wait time for the doctor is seven and a half hours.

‘I guess by the time I get home at 8 in the morning, some of you will be waiting because the wait will be 13 hours.

‘Currently there are no beds in the trust, we are trying to make room if we can but if people are admitted there is a chance they will stay overnight at A&E.

‘We’ll do our best to make you comfortable but please don’t expect you to go straight to the ward because that can’t happen.’

Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex (Picture: @SittonGary)

The nurse warned there were no beds in the trust (Picture: @SittonGary)

As the waiting room was already overcrowded, family and friends sitting with the patients were asked to leave.

It comes after NHS staff run off their feet Offered a 3% pay increase, which Boris Johnson has been warned is named ‘all in one pay cut’.

Hospitals are currently setting up food banks for healthcare workers as the cost of living crisis spirals out of control.

Responding to the video, Princess Alexandra’s owners said they are ‘currently facing extremely high demand’.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the 13-hour wait at A&E was ‘not what one wants to see’ after the footage was played on the BBC.

He continued: ‘Due to the impact of Covid … we already know from our NHS estimates, we think around 11 to 13 million people stayed away from the NHS because of the pandemic.

‘Many of them are coming forward, many of them are in A&E, and we are seeing a very high level of demand. This is a real challenge for the NHS as a whole.

‘What we are doing about it is investing a record amount of money including ambulance trusts, 111 calling service which now has more call handlers than ever before, we spent an additional £400 in emergency last year for A&E facilities across the country Million.

‘That’s why I think the NHS is doing everything it can. Wait times are improving but that’s not what one wants to see, that kind of wait.’

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) had previously warned that there was an ‘alarming overcrowding’ in emergency departments due to difficulties in obtaining appointments with GPs.

In November, the Care Quality Commission published a report that rated Princess Alexandra Hospital as ‘needing improvement’ as a whole.

The emergency department was called ‘inadequate’ – inspectors were reportedly forced to intervene after seeing two deteriorating patients waiting in a corridor.

Stephanie Lawton, chief operating officer of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, told Metro: ‘We are currently experiencing an extremely high demand for our emergency care services and have seen a significant increase in attendance in our emergency department.

‘Our team is working hard to assess and treat patients as quickly and effectively as possible to minimize delays, prioritizing those with the most clinical need.

‘The public can help reduce pressure by using the NHS 111 service for health care advice in non-urgent cases. As always, please continue to call 999 or attend the emergency department for immediate and life-threatening emergencies.’

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