Doctors reveal patient died in waiting room due to overcrowding

The bed-blockage crisis at Launceston General Hospital means patients are dying unnecessarily, warn emergency registrars

Doctors at a leading Tasmanian hospital have issued an urgent call for help, warning patients are dying unnecessarily as the facility battles the worst bed-block in the country.

In a letter to Launceston General Hospital's chief executive Eric Daniels, the emergency doctors write they can no longer stay silent about patient safety.

The Emergency Registrars Group say staff and patients are being put at risk because there is not enough space to assess patients properly.