Who’d be a pa­tient?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

We all know the pres­sure A&E depart­ments are un­der and at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal it is no ex­cep­tion. In its an­nual re­port it was re­vealed that the depart­ment failed by some dis­tance to hit its tar­get of see­ing 95 per cent of pa­tients within four hours. A lot of pa­tients had to be very pa­tient.

One of the rea­sons was an in­crease in pa­tients from Lin­colnshire af­ter a re­duc­tion of open­ing hours at Gran­tham hos­pi­tal’s A&E. Did hos­pi­tal bosses in Gran­tham think pa­tients need­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment would just stay at home and have a cup of tea? It was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

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