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‘I’ve got a rubber stuck in my ear’: 7 days in A&E

17 March 2014 Last updated at 00:25 GMT

Over a million more patients are attending A&E departments in England than in 2010.

Panorama spent 7 days filming in the A&E department of the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, to discover why.

While there they saw staff racing to meet targets, a regular visitor who says he attends A&E every week, and a patient with a rubber stuck in his ear.

Panorama: 7 Days in A&E: Condition Critical?, BBC One, Monday 17 March at 20:30 GMT and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.