DAUK shares tales of distressing scenes in A&E with The Times

The Times has published distressing stories from the frontline, shared by DAUK in the open letter to the PM, as the NHS crisis continues. 

“Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), a grassroots organisation of NHS medics, also shared tales of distressing scenes in A&E. Some patients are being moved from hospital beds back into corridors to make space for those who are sicker. GPs are driving patients to hospitals themselves due to the lack of ambulances.

One A&E doctor said: “New terms I’ve learnt this week: ‘Reverse boarding’. The term used to explain the process of kicking a patient out of a resus/cubicle space in ED and placing them on a corridor so that a more critical patient can take their place. Today we did this so a patient could die anywhere other than a corridor.”

One GP in Manchester said: “We have had to transport to patients to hospital recently due to long ambulance waits. One was a lady with VT on ECG [a rhythm that can lead to cardiac arrest], six-hour wait. Another was a septic patient.”

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