A&E patients being forced to wait in ambulances for up to eight hours because of lack of beds
Patients are being kept in ambulances for up to eight hours because there are not enough beds in A&E, figures show.
More than 3,400 patients were made to wait in vehicles parked outside hospitals for at least two hours, a rise of two thirds compared to 2011/12. There is mounting evidence that hospital emergency departments are in crisis and struggling to cope with rising numbers coming through the doors.
Freedom of Information requests from eight of England’s ten ambulance trusts show that last year 3,424 patients were made to wait in ambulances for at least two hours, compared to 2,061 the previous year. Read more
Sophie Borland | The Daily Mail | 1st July 2013
Thousands of homes built against EA advice ‘uninsurable’
The Environment Agency figures, obtained under Freedom of Information, show that 560 homes were built in 2012/13, despite concerns about issues like drainage and flooding, up from just 143 in 2011/2012.
Overall some 3,930 homes were built in the last five years against EA advice.
The Association of British Insurers said the houses would be extremely expensive to insure and perhaps impossible to protect. Read more.
Louise Gray | The Daily Telegraph | 1st July 2013
1,000 Victims Of Knife Crime Every Month In London
Figures show up to 1,000 people a month are victims of knife crime in London. The statistics, released after a Freedom of Information request, show that around 400 people are being injured in attacks every month.
There were 1,038 victims of knife crime in London in January, of which 410 were injured and four killed. In February, there was a total of 818 victims, with 993 in March and 892 in April.
The number injured in attacks reached a peak of 420 in April, the equivalent of 14 people a day. In the first four months of the year, 11 people were murdered in knife attacks. Read more
The London Biggest Conversation Radio | 1st July 2013