Ambulances are being forced to queue outside the majority of emergency departments before they can unload patients, a new survey suggests.
Under NHS guidance, ambulance handovers should be completed within 15 Minutes .
The Department of Health said extra funding is being provided to boost staff numbers in key areas.
RCEM president Dr Katherine Henderson said: " We Are facing a crisis in urgent care and a crisis of patient safety. "Ambulance handovers
The Royal College surveyed A& E departments across the UK between 8 and 14 November, receiving responses from 70 of about 230 units.
During that week:94% of clinical directors said that ambulances had been held outside their buildings at some point before patients could be taken into The Hospital 61% said ambulances were being forced to queue Every Day About half of emergency departments said care had been provided to patients in non-medical areas such as corridors Every Day
" These results show the serious state that our urgent and emergency care system is in, " said Dr Henderson.
" None of us want to have patients held in ambulances, treated in corridors, or waiting very long times to go up to A Ward bed. "
A spokesperson for England's Department of Health said: " Ambulance Trusts have been given an extra £55m to boost staff numbers in control rooms and on the Front Line .