The shocking state of the NHS has been exposed in brutally honest speech by a nurse

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This is when a nurse warns A&E patients that some of them will wait 13 hours to be seen as there are no beds available in the department.

The dire state of the NHS in 2022 was revealed in her speech in the waiting room at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.

The latest NHS figures show a record 24,000 people waiting 12 or more hours in emergency rooms each month before medics come to them – triple the target.

But these grim statistics are just the tip of the iceberg – in all, more than six million people are now waiting for treatment in England.

The new footage, captured on the evening of June 6, was of a car crash victim walking home despite being in pain after the announcement.

“We have 170 patients in the department, at the moment 90 patients are waiting to be treated,” says the employee in the room. “Our current wait time for a doctor is seven and a half hours.

“I guess if I go home at 8 in the morning some of you will still be waiting because the wait times will be up to 13 hours.

“There are currently no beds in the Trust, we are trying to make room where we can but if people are admitted there is a chance they will stay in the emergency room overnight.

“We will do our best to make you feel comfortable, but please do not expect to go straight to a ward as you may not be.”

Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex (Image: @SittonGary)

The nurse warned there were no beds in the trust (Image: @SittonGary)

Family and friends sitting with the patients were then asked to leave the waiting room as it was already full.

It comes after NHS staff, who fell off their feet, offered a 3% pay rise that Boris Johnson warned is a “pay cut in all but name”.

Hospitals are currently setting up food banks for healthcare workers as the cost of living crisis spirals out of control.

In response to the video, Princess Alexandra bosses said they are “experiencing extremely high demand at the moment”.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said a 13-hour emergency room wait was “not what anyone wants to see” after the footage was played on the BBC.

He continued: “Due to the impact of Covid … we already know from our NHS estimates that we believe around 11 to 13 million people have stayed away from the NHS because of the pandemic.

“A lot of these people are signing up, a lot of them at A&E, and we’re seeing a very high demand. This is a real challenge for the NHS across the system.

“What we’re doing about it is investing record amounts, including in ambulance trusts, the 111 call service, which now has more call handlers than ever. We provided an additional emergency £400m to A&E facilities across the country just last year.

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“So I think the NHS is doing everything it can do. Wait times are improving, but it’s not what anyone wants to see, that kind of wait time.’

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has previously warned that difficulties in getting appointments with GPs were leading to “dangerous overcrowding” in emergency departments.

In November, the Care Quality Commission released a report that rated the Princess Alexandra Hospital as “in need of improvement” overall.

The emergency room was “inadequate” – inspectors were allegedly forced to intervene after seeing two deteriorating patients waiting in a corridor.

Stephanie Lawton, Chief Operating Officer of the NHS Trust at Princess Alexandra Hospital, told Metro: “We are currently experiencing extremely high demand for our emergency services and have seen a significant increase in the number of visitors to our emergency department.

“Our teams are working hard to assess and treat patients as quickly and effectively as possible to reduce delays and are prioritizing those who have the greatest clinical need.

“The public can help us ease the pressure by using the NHS 111 service for non-urgent health advice. In urgent and life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999 or visit the emergency room as usual.”

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