Aczel highlights shocking A&E waiting times

24 Mar 2024
Will Aczel in A&E in Germany

I took the train to Hamburg last weekend where I needed 2 stitches for my chin after a post-curling slip on an ice rink. I had to wait an hour in A&E.

Whereas, in the UK, my sister had a 9hr wait in A&E last year.

If you're as skeptical of anecdotal evidence as I am:

-The median wait time in UK A&E has crept up to 3 hours.

-One-third of A&E patients had to wait over 4 hours at our local Devon NHS trust last month.

-More than 1 in 10 UK A&E patients had to wait over 12 hours before being admitted, transferred or discharged. Up 365x on a decade ago.

Let's demand better.

The NHS is one of the best value healthcare systems in the West - testament to the thousands of hard-working hours NHS professionals put in.

Labour and the Tories think they can get away just with short-sighted reforms on the cheap.

But what I hear on the doorsteps is people want investment in our NHS, some reforms, and to keep it under public control. As a Lib Dem, I agree.

Will Aczel, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Exeter


Notes to editors:

Median wait time in A&E up to 3 hours: Nuffield Trust:

A&E waiting times by NHS trust:

More than 1 in 10 people (12.4%) facing waits over 12 hours in A&E:,data%20by%20the%20Liberal%20Democrats.

12 hour waits over time: House of Commons Library:

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