More than 1.5m patients in England waited at least 12 hours in A&E in past year

Lib Dems say last month an average of 5,735 people a day faced waits of 12 hours or more to be seen

More than 1.5 million patients in England had to wait 12 hours or longer in A&E in the past year, according to figures that MPs say lay bare the impact of the government’s neglect of the NHS.

Last month 177,805 patients faced waits of 12 hours or more to be seen in emergency departments, an average of 5,735 a day. It means one in 10 patients (12.4%) arriving at A&E waited 12 hours before being admitted, transferred or discharged.

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