48 people have been killed by flu this winter in the UK

48 people have been killed by flu this winter in the UK

This includes the additional "escalation beds" which are used when the hospital is struggling to cope with demand.

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

This month, New Cross Hospital, Walsall Manor Hospital, Sandwell General Hospital, Russells Hall Hospital and County Hospital were all ordered to cancel operations in a bid to free up beds and medical staff.

He said he was "so fed up of the lies" and claims the NHS is fine that he wanted to go public with his dad's story, adding: "I am lucky it was just the flu and cuts and bruises, as if it was anything else he could have died waiting that long on an ambulance".

"I am not standing here saying, and we have not said at any stage, that some patients are not waiting longer during these winter times than we would want them to wait".

More than 5,000 people were forced to wait more than an hour to be seen in emergency departments in England in the first week of the year, while more than 16,600 people had to wait more than half an hour, the NHS England statistics show.

Jim Crombie, deputy chief executive of NHS Lothian, said: "I would like to apologise to Mr Wilson and his family for any delays they encountered in the emergency department at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh".

Meanwhile, ministers have praised staff for going "the extra mile" to ensure patient safety.

Labour's Anas Sarwar said NHS staff were "overworked, undervalued and under-resourced" all year round which was being "amplified" in winter. They add that this is not a report from "outliers" but most of the hospitals and trusts are facing the same problem.

The longer that the patients stay in ED after their treatment has been completed, the greater is their morbidity and associated mortality.


"That's why we recently announced the largest single increase in doctor training places in the history of the NHS - a 25 per cent expansion". Numerous trusts we work in are in similar positions.

A hospital spokesman said: "We would like to extend our honest apologies to Esme Thomas and her family, and to all our patients who have had to spend much longer in A&E than normal waiting for a hospital bed".

We have known for a number of years that recruitment of staff to Emergency Departments has been challenging.

Today, NHS Providers warned Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that the health service will fail to deliver "the care we need as a nation" without more money.

So as a matter of urgency we ask that you consider supporting strategies that will reduce crowding in our Emergency Departments.

Just over 40% of staff - including those who have with patients and those who do not - had had the jab.

"However, this winter has seen an increasing amount of severely ill patients that require admission to hospital, and despite the plans put in place our bed occupancy levels reached 100 per cent on two occasions". A number of independent organisations have confirmed that the United Kingdom has an inadequate acute bed base to meet the needs of its population.

Royal College and the relevant arms length bodies.

"But over the course of the rest of the year it also means the ongoing eroding of standards, care and services".

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