Jeremy Hunt Insists The NHS Is NOT In Crisis

Jeremy Hunt Insists The NHS Is NOT In Crisis

Officials say the move is a planned response to severe winter pressures and not evidence of a health care crisis.

Senior doctors have warned that a spike in flu cases plunging the NHS into winter chaos. "And it's going to get worse unless years and years of cuts are reversed".

Earlier, Dr Richard Fawcett, an A&E consultant at the North Midlands University Hospital Trust, tweeted: I personally apologise to the people of Stoke for the 3rd world conditions of the department due to #overcrowding. "This is just delaying problems for later on". It's pretty much spread throughout the whole NHS'.

They are being dispatched in fire engines or cars to treat patients who have suffered cardiac arrests, strokes, fits or heavy bleeding.

At the same time, calls to the fire service have declined thanks mainly to major improvements to fire prevention and safety.

Some ambulance services resorted to pleading with relatives of the infirm to transport them to hospital themselves, in order to ease the demand placed upon paramedics.

"We have to look again at NHS funding, which remains well below what other comparable European countries spend on healthcare, to ensure the NHS has the staff and the capacity needed to deal with the pressures it faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months".


According to figures quoted by NHS England, approximately 12-15% of attendances to emergency departments in the United Kingdom are due to "acute alcohol intoxication".

By comparison, doctors say hospitals should not routinely be more than 85 per cent full, as the risk of risky infections and delays increases above that level.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: We know the NHS is extremely busy - as it always is at this time of year - but hardworking staff are taking the necessary steps to make sure patients continue to get seen as quickly as possible. He was due to have the operation at Basildon Hospital on December 5 but it was delayed to January 17.

As well as the cancelling of non-urgent treatments, such as knee and hip replacements, hospitals have been given the green light to put patients on mixed sex wards and to bring Global Positioning System into A&E to help deal with patients.

'The latest weekly figures show hospitals reporting bed occupancy levels of 90.9 per cent - down from 95.0 per cent the previous week'.

"There was one patient who breached the 12-hour decision to admit target during November, this was a child waiting for a [psychiatric intensive care] bed".

"But the reason I don't use the word "crisis" is because we have a very clear plan, we've been thinking about this for a very long time and we are activating that plan".

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