The government’s first priority for the NHS should be to end ‘dangerous’ hospital overcrowding, according to the health secretary.

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The government’s first priority for the NHS should be to end ‘dangerous’ hospital overcrowding, according to the health secretary.

Gordon Miles, the chief executive of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, stated that demand and capacity in emergency care are “severely mismatched.”

As pressures on the NHS increase in the coming months, the government must make stopping “dangerous” crowding in emergency rooms its top priority, according to a senior health executive.

Gordon Miles, the chief executive of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM), said that demand and capacity in emergency care are “severely mismatched.”

“Despite not always being the most appropriate place to receive care, emergency departments now support other parts of the healthcare system and are the first port of call for many patients,” Mr Miles wrote in a letter to The Sunday Times.

“There is an urgent need to plan for our future healthcare needs – and eliminating dangerous crowding in emergency rooms must be the top priority,” he added.

According to a recent report from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, at least 4,519 patients died in England’s emergency departments between 2020 and 2021 as a result of crowding and 12-hour stays.

To say the figure is shocking is an understatement, according to Dr. Adrian Boyle, vice president (policy) of the RCEM.

“Crowding, quite simply, kills.

We’ve been warning about the dangers of dangerous crowding for years, but now we can see how many people have died as a result.”

“The situation is unacceptable, unsustainable, and dangerous for patients and staff,” he added.

If performance continues to deteriorate this winter, more patients will suffer avoidable harm in emergency rooms, staff will suffer moral harm, and the urgent and emergency care system will be in the midst of its worst crisis ever.”

The college has urged the government to release a long-term workforce plan that outlines steps to keep employees who are nearing burnout and to hire new workers.

Thousands of people are waiting for elective procedures, in addition to long lines in emergency rooms.

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, told Sky News that 5.9 million people are on the NHS waiting list, and that the number will rise before it falls.

“As I’ve said, and as I’ve been very clear about, this number is going to go up,” Mr Javid said.

News summary from Infosurhoy in the United Kingdom.

The government’s first priority for the NHS should be to end ‘dangerous’ hospital overcrowding, according to the health secretary.

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