Man died waiting in A&E due to overcrowding, says hospital official

NHS trust in Northampton says 85-year-old patient ‘ideally would not have waited so long’

An 85-year-old man died while waiting in a hospital’s accident and emergency unit because of the “dangerous overcrowding of the department�, according to a leaked internal email.

Northampton general hospital NHS trust’s medical director, Matthew Metcalfe, said in the email, leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), that the patient attended A&E complaining of abdominal pain on Wednesday afternoon.

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