‘DYING’ FOR AN AMBULANCE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
Dr Julianne Law.
In September 2021 a man died after waiting 40 hours for an ambulance to take him from his home to the hospital. Some people have died in ambulances that were forced to wait outside the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department because it was at ‘full capacity’. Other people have waited several hours in an ambulance waiting to be admitted into A&E. Why is this happening and what can be done to stop it happening in the future? This article discusses the important role of the ‘Manchester Triage system’ in reducing waiting times in ambulances outside A&E departments, in the United Kingdom (UK).