Nearly 200,000 patients a year are being ‘shuttled’ between hospital wards during the night because of increasing demand on beds, figures revealed today.

Dr Mark Temple, Acute Care Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians, warned the ‘appalling’ practice causes stress to the patient and puts their safety at risk.

Some 195,372 people at 58 trusts in England were moved between the hours of 11pm and 6am last year, a Freedom of Information request found. But 57 trusts admitted to not recording the data.

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