NHS delays resulting in increasing deaths
Figures published in The Guardian show that deaths arising from delays in NHS care have risen from 21 in 2019 to 112 in 2022.
This is a stark reminder that the NHS is under huge strain, and again, those affected are patients needing vital and lifesaving care.
The Chief Executive of patient safety charity Action Against Medical Accidents has said: “The significant increase in these reported incidents of patient harm and death are shocking … Sadly they accord with what we are hearing daily from patients who contact us to tell us of their harrowing problems.”
The delays directly lead to patients missing out on crucial urgent treatment or starting specialist care too late, resulting in unnecessary deaths, further harm and injury.
The news comes just as we head into the challenging winter period, which the NHS has already rolled out plans to prepare for. However, there will undoubtedly be families who lose loved ones due to ambulance or treatment delays, resulting in more tragic situations.
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