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‘National Emergency’ declared by nurses while treating NHS patients in ‘Cupboards and Car Parks’

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Nurses have warned that patients are “dying in corridors,” and the NHS has declared a “national emergency”.

Patients often receive long-term, sometimes even daily, treatment on seats in hallways, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The organization has documented instances in which people were diagnosed with cancer and had private examinations conducted in public.

This practice has become common, according to a survey conducted across the UK with close to 11,000 frontline nursing staff members. During their most recent shifts, nearly two out of every five nurses reported providing care in unsuitable locations, like hallways. Moreover, about 70% of nurses reported that the confidentiality and dignity of their patients had been violated.

One nurse bemoaned, “You wouldn’t treat a dog this way.” Another told of a dementia patient who was left oxygen-free in a hallway for hours on end, which resulted in severe agitation and anguish.

At the beginning of the union’s annual meeting, Professor Nicola Ranger, the acting general secretary of the RCN, will formally declare a national emergency. A study detailing the amount of clinical treatment being given in inappropriate locations will also be released by the RCN.

The RCN is pushing for required reporting of people receiving care in hallways as a solution to the problem. Prof. Ranger will address delegates, saying, “Our once-world-leading services are treating patients in car parks and store cupboards.” “Patients are passing away in hallways, and elderly people are spending hours upon hours sitting on chairs. One cannot overstate how horrifying this circumstance is. We are sounding the alarm today because there is a national emergency pertaining to patient safety.”

She will stress that it is inappropriate to be told you have cancer in front of others and demand that ministers, nurses, and other medical professionals take responsibility for this. Corridor care is a “symptom of a system in crisis,” according to the RCN research, with patient demand exceeding staff supply in every setting—from primary to community and social care.

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