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“NHS patients are dying in back of ambulances stuck outside hospital”

People are dying in the back of ambulances and up to 160,000 more a year are coming to harm because they are stuck outside hospitals unable to be offloaded to A&E, a bombshell report has revealed.

Patients are also dying soon after finally getting admitted to hospital after spending long periods in the back of an ambulance, while others still in their own homes are not being saved because paramedics are trapped at A&E and unable to answer 999 calls, said the report by NHS ambulance service bosses in England.

Ambulance logjams outside hospitals have become a major problem in the NHS in recent years as A&E staff have struggled to find beds for patients.

The report has been drawn up by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) and is based on official NHS figures, which until now were secret.

Read more in The Guardian.

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