Why is there always a winter crisis in the NHS?

  • Why is there always a winter crisis in the NHS?

Why is there always a winter crisis in the NHS?

New figures show nearly 17,000 people waited for more than 30 minutes in ambulances before being taken into A&E in the week leading up to New Year's Eve.

BMA News reports that doctors have said that a culture of financial short-term fixes is failing the NHS, and only a sustainable funding settlement will prevent it lurching from crisis to crisis.

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The NHS has taken the drastic step of extending the cancellation of non-urgent operations to include thousands more minor procedures this month.

In a statement issued yesterday, the HSCB said that emergency departments across Northern Ireland "continue to be under significant pressure". "There is an underlying mismatch between the capacity to deliver care and the level of care patients require", he said.

"However, we continually review the situation".

A total of 172 were delayed by between 30 minutes and one hour, while 24 were held up for longer than an hour. Very senior nurses were crying and managerial staff were crying with frustration for not being able to do what we wanted to do'.

The NHS order will result in around 50,000 operations being postponed until at least February as overcrowded hospitals struggle to tend to everyone, the Telegraph reported.

The 10 most prolific callers in the United Kingdom used the emergency services more than 10,000 times between November 2016 and October 2017, revealed Freedom of Information data obtained by The Sun.

On Sunday Throughout the Sunday there was an average of ten to 14 at Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra hospital queuing to unload patients.

According to the statistics, 3,426 ambulances took patients to accident and emergency hospitals across the county between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

People are urged to attend A&E if they are suffering urgent conditions such as chest pain, blood loss, black outs and choking.

BMA representative body chair Anthea Mowat said: 'What is happening in our A&Es is symptomatic of pressures across the entire system.

"We must, at all cost, make sure A&E is reserved for those who are seriously ill and in need of that care". Short-term fixes, however well-meaning, will only get us so far.

Patients are being forced to sleep on the floor at a hospital in West Yorkshire as the NHS winter crisis threatens to stretch Britain's health service to breaking point.

The unprecedented step was made in the grip of a winter "crisis", which has also been denied by an NHS chief - despite the "extremely hard circumstances" placed on A&E units across the country.

He said that the Trust had received no complaints on behalf of the two patients on the floor, adding that they "may have chosen to lie down as seats were provided".