Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

What is happening at your hospital — NHS winter crisis

The heads of accident and emergency (A&E) departments of hospitals all across England and Wales have warned Theresa May that more people are dying prematurely in the corridors of the A&E departments than before.

Her statement to MSPs came as the latest weekly figures showed patients waiting more than four hours in A&E reached record levels during the last week of 2017.

"Of course there will be increased pressures at this time of year, but with proper planning we wouldn't need to experience the annual winter crisis". The hospital claimed the figures are "incomplete" and that 81pc of patients were seen within four hours across all relevant emergency areas.

"But this SNP government has cut both hospital beds and elderly social care places, so when something like a flu crisis hits, the system breaks down".

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was flagged as the worst-performing major A&E department, known as "type 1" units within the NHS, with just 40.1% of patients being seen within four hours in December.

In the week ending 7 January, the rate of hospital admissions increased 50% compared with the week before, from 4.89 per 100,000 to 7.38 per 100,000.

Ambulance handover times have improved at NNUH since a number of delays on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with no delays of more than 30 minutes since Boxing Day.

Going on to add that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded and has insufficient resources to deal with an ageing population.

Thousands of patients are waiting in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space.

Answering questions after a speech in south London on Thursday, Mrs May said flu was putting extra pressure on services.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: "The Government is supporting the NHS this winter with an additional £437 million as well as £1 billion extra social care funding this year".

Recent media coverage has reported numerous anecdotal accounts of how appalling the situation in an increasing number of our Emergency Departments has become.

'The NHS today has launched their national flu programme and I would encourage people to act on the advice that the NHS is giving and also encourage NHS staff who haven't had the flu vaccine yet to have that vaccine'.

Ms Sturgeon apologised "unreservedly" to Mr Wilson, and to anyone else who has had to wait longer than they should do for hospital treatment, or who does not receive the standard of care they should expect.

It has been stated that the NHS was better prepared for this winter than ever before.

Our experience at the front line is that these plans have failed to deliver anywhere near what was needed. "They and their staff deserve our thanks and support". This pressure is similar to our neighbouring hospitals and reflects the national position.

Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) said the Government was managing the current pressures on the NHS badly, 38 Degrees said.

"The efforts of our staff have been enormous and they have shown exceptional teamwork and dedication in caring for our patients".

One quarter of all patients had to wait for over four hours to get a bed in the emergency last month says the survey on performance of the A&E departments.

He added: "Managers are now telling doctors who do ward rounds to take more risks and get people out of hospital prematurely".

Senior managers should consider resigning due to "their consistent failure to plan properly against a predictable winter crisis", he said.

"This current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff".

In the meantime we would like to apologise to our patients for being unable to fulfil our pledge for a safe efficient service and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the staff.

NHS Scotland will not be able to maintain its level of service unless it receives more funding, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.

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