A&E services here 'now in crisis state'
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Northern Ireland (RCEM) has warned emergency care here is in a state of crisis and has called for urgent investment to support services.
The latest official figures for Northern Ireland show the number of people waiting in A&E longer than 12 hours in December was three times that of the same period a year earlier.
Sean McGovern, vice president of RCEM Northern Ireland, said: "The data released today indicates the urgent need for change.
"However, it only highlights a small part of the major problems facing our health and social care facilities.
"The figures don't tell the story of our staff, who are frequently working to the limits of their abilities under extreme pressures and covering unfilled posts.
"The work can be extremely rewarding, but at times such as these, staff morale is challenged." He added: "We simply cannot cope with this unprecedented demand."