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long a&e waits: 3m a year wait over four hours

image copyrightgetty imagesthe number of long a&e waits across the uk has more than doubled in the past four years as hospitals struggle to cope with demand, bbc analysis shows.northern ireland has the worst performance, although england has seen the fastest deterioration, the figures show.over 3m patients who visited uk a&es waited over four hours in the past 12 months - up by 120% since 2012-13.by comparison the number of visits has only risen by just over 7% to 26.9m.search for a health trust or postcodecan't find your health trust?browse the full listbrowse the full listrather search by typing?back to searchif you can't see the nhs tracker, click or tap here. doctors and nurses said the findings showed the nhs could no longer cope with what was being asked of it and patients were being put at risk.and dr taj hassan, president of the royal college of emergency medicine, said the a&e system had been "stretched to its very limits"."staff are working really hard. but we've reached a point where we cannot meet demand."life-threatening cases are prioritised. but a crowded emergency department adds risk. we get delays to assessment, pain relief and antibiotics."royal college of nursing general secretary janet davies agreed, describing the situation as "intolerable" and a&e units as "full to bursting"."nursing staff in a&e units have been telling us it's hard for them to do more than firefight," she added.how far short is the nhs of the target?the data compiled by ...