A&E in crisis: Mothers and children on the floor, elderly on trolleys, 95 patients for 33 beds and 'corridor nurses' - shocking pictures reveal the true state of our hospitals
These are the shocking scenes inside the A&E unit of one of the country's top-performing hospitals. Friends and family members spoke to loved ones as they waited to be treated at the hospital (main picture) while mothers were forced to sit on the floor (inset, right). At one point last week there were 95 seriously ill patients waiting to be seen but only 33 beds. A woman was seen receiving treatment in the corridor (bottom left) while the elderly queued up on trolleys and in wheelchairs (top left, top right and bottom right). Managers at the Royal Blackburn hospital in Lancashire have even resorted to appointing designated 'corridor nurses' to take care of all the patients waiting without a bed.