The depths of the NHS crisis have been laid bare by a series of cases of sick children forced
to wait hours in emergency departments for hospital beds. One 12-year-old with learning disabilities and mental health issues had to stay in an Essex hospital A&E for 57 hours for a specialist bed to become available, a leaked NHS email
shows. She was one of four children left “in the middle of an emergency department” because of bed shortages. Yesterday Boris Johnson initially refused to look at a photo of a boy, four, forced to lie on a hospital floor.