Child forced to wait in A&E for six DAYS during NHS bed crisis

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The child had to wait six days for a hospital bed (Rex/posed by models)

A child had to wait six days in A&E for a hospital bed, according to newly-released figures.

The unidentified youngster was forced to wait for over 145 hours before a mental health bed could be found.

The figure represents the longest recorded ‘trolley wait’ – where people are put on trolleys or chairs while a bed is found for them in the hospital.

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A freedom of information request from the Labour party uncovered the length of the wait at the Derby Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Derby health chiefs said it was a ‘highly unusual lengthy wait’, but insisted the child was not on a trolley.

A spokesman added: ‘The child was safely cared for, not on a trolley, but in our paediatric assessment unit.’

Health chiefs insisted the child was not on a trolley during the wait (Rex/stock photo)

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told the Mirror: ‘The Government’s endless squeeze on NHS funding has caused misery for patients.’

The Department of Health and Social Care said: ‘Just 0.06% of emergency admissions via A&E had to wait over 12 hours.’