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The whole system was "broken", Royal College of Emergency Medicine president-elect Dr Adrian Boyle said, with hospitals unable to discharge thousands of well patients into social care.

"We can't just open up into a corridor in an emergency department where there isn't space," he told Newsnight.

"The corridors in emergencies are frequently full anyway."

"What's better is if we can discharge patients from hospital, create that space so we unblock our emergency departments and allow ambulances to hand over their patients seamlessly."


So make sure that most of the national insurance increase predicated to health and social care goes to social care.

At the moment, health is going to take the lion’s share. This is wrong-headed.

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