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NHS ‘on the edge’ with some patients waiting 48 hours for a bed

Exclusive: record number of A&Es having to turn away ambulances daily amid unprecedented demand

The NHS is struggling to cope with growing demand for urgent and emergency care, health officials have warned, with hospitals under the kind of pressure “usually seen at the height of winter”.

A&E units across the UK are so crowded that 50% are being forced to hold sick patients outside or turn ambulances away every day, Britain’s top emergency doctor told the Guardian. The figure is the highest ever recorded; it was 27% in October 2020 and 17% in March this year.

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