Steve Wheaton
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Bed shortages 'harming patients'

Patients in the West Midlands are suffering as hospital bed and staff shortages mean ambulances cannot unload patients, a senior ambulance boss says.

Steve Wheaton, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said nearly 2,000 ambulances had waited more than an hour this month to hand over an A&E patient.

Mr Wheaton said the situation was the worst he had known in his 20-year career and that the service is regularly leaving paramedics with patients in corridors.

  • 21 Mar 2013
  • From the section England