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.’
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.’