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Twelve-hour waits in A&E

New figures reveal the extent of 12-hour waits in A&E departments in England. Why are more people facing long delays? And what are the risks to patients?

The number of patients facing delays of more than 12 hours in A&E is on the rise. The current NHS target is for 95% of patients to be discharged, transferred or admitted into hospital for treatment within 4 hours. But new figures, obtained under Freedom of Information powers, reveal that many patients in England are waiting for longer, in some cases, more than 12 hours. The programme hears how for some patients, the delay can be disastrous.

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