In an ideal world every person who presents to an emergency department (ED) requiring admission would be assessed and given a bed, in their own bay or on a ward, within four hours. But we do not live in an ideal world, and the reality is that EDs face increasing pressure from population growth and the increasing burden of disease resulting from a progressively aging and frail population.
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