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Help us to save the NHS – a junior doctor’s plea from the A&E frontline

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14.01.2018

“ONCE more unto the breach” they say to each other grimacing.

It’s 10pm in A&E, the night shift doctors are starting work and the growing winter pressures are evident.

The waiting room is heaving, cubicles are overflowing with patients and the waiting time to be seen by a doctor is growing longer and longer.

The short-staffed team of doctors and nurses battle to try and tend to people the best they can as more patients walk in and more ambulances arrive.

Despite the team’s best efforts, patients with painful broken limbs and infections wait hours to be seen, sat on hard metal chairs in the waiting room, while others spill out into the corridor.

This may sound like fiction but this is the reality faced in A&Es in Yorkshire, and up and down the country, as we speak.

At the start of a new year, I find myself looking back and reflecting on the past 12 months.

Last January, I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post in response to the British Red Cross’s declaration of a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS and the challenging situation faced by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

At that time, I was seeing A&Es so full that they had to put temporary partitions within cubicles to accommodate two........

© Yorkshire Evening Post