Many ambulances wait an hour outside the ER.

The British healthcare system has been under pressure for years. A BBC investigation reveals dramatic conditions in emergency services.

Ambulance traffic jams in front of emergency departments in the UK are increasing. More than 10,000 ambulances wait at least an hour each week for patients to be taken away, the BBC reported, citing its own assessments.

This means that in mid-November the occupancy of every eighth ambulance was affected. It is the highest level since records began in 2010. The problems greatly endanger the health of patients, according to the BBC.

Stroke patients wait more than 60 minutes

Britain’s NHS health service has been at breaking point for years and is chronically underfunded. In December, the workers want to strike for the first time in their history for two days to emphasize their demands for wage increases. The government recently announced additional billions for the service, but rejects wage increases as unaffordable.

Millions of people in the UK are waiting for routine surgery. But as the BBC analysis shows, there are also significant problems with ambulances. The goal is for patients with heart attacks or strokes to be picked up by an ambulance within a maximum period of 18 minutes. But it actually takes more than 60 minutes on average.

The central problem is the transfer to the emergency rooms: according to the regulations, this must be done in 15 minutes, but in reality it takes a multiple of that time. Ambulance drivers also want to demand higher wages with strikes before Christmas.

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