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Bid to tackle waiting lists for elective surgery ‘leading to crisis in our A&Es’, leading medic warns

Expert warns move has led to logjam in emergency departments due to lack of beds

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Two emergency departments are "extremely busy". Photo: Stock image

Two emergency departments are "extremely busy". Photo: Stock image

Two emergency departments are "extremely busy". Photo: Stock image

Efforts to address Northern Ireland’s waiting list shame are causing a crisis in emergency departments, a leading medic has warned.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has said that increasing the number of elective operations has resulted in a logjam in A&Es as there are not enough beds for emergency admissions.


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