NHS hospital wards on "brink of collapse" as number of beds falls by a third and doctors struggle to cope with 37% rise in patients

NHS hospital wards on 'brink of collapse' as number of beds falls by a third and doctors struggle to cope with 37% rise in patients Elderly patients are being shunted between beds 'like parcels', the Royal College of Physicians says They are woken up in the middle of the night and made to walk in pyjamas to another department | UPDATED: 10:55 GMT, 13 September 2012 Elderly patients are being shunted between hospital wards ‘like parcels’ because of a shortage of beds, say doctors who have warned the current system is on 'the brink of collapse'.