Some physicians and paramedics in Los Angeles say hospital emergency rooms are so overcrowded that many patients are forced to wait for as long as five hours in hospital hallways, cared for only by paramedics.
Los Angeles Times: June 23, 2002
...."Several times lately in the Antelope Valley, paramedics waiting at hospitals have sought permission via radio from supervisors 70 miles away to administer intravenous medications to patients. That was because they could not get the attention of a doctor or nurse just yards away."......
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