Maybe it's just me but I think it's ridiculous to wait seven hours (two at a clinic and then five at A&E) for a potentially life threatening condition. Yes, I know hospitals are busy but we wouldn't stand this from any other service such as ambulance, fire brigade or police. The NHS keeps failing the patients with weekly reports of neglect and incompetence on a massive scale but everyone just shrugs their shoulders and says well, they're busy. Recently my elderly neighbour was released from Arrowe Park after a long stay with a broken hip. The nurses messed up her medication and I had to go back to the ward for them to sort it out. While waiting in the ward for two hours it was a real eye opener watching the staff, out of visiting times, drifting around, chatting to each other while ignoring bed ridden elderly patients asking for help etc.