Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

NHS winter crisis: what is happening at your hospital?

NHS winter crisis: what is happening at your hospital?

A total of 272 patients were forced to wait 12 hours to be seen, with more than half of these patients attending NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lothian hospitals. No other trust was below 57 per cent.

The Scottish figure showed only 78 per cent of patients were dealt with within the target time frame.

In response to the letter, a department of health and social care spokesman said more A&E consultants had been employed since 2010, with £2.8bn allocated for further recruitment over the next two years.

NHS Providers is also calling for a full review of how well the NHS handled this winter, looking at: adequacy of bed numbers and staffing levels; efficacy of the new national planning approach; adequacy, timing and allocation of extra winter funding; system resilience; process and impact of cancelled elective operations; and the role and availability of primary care and social care, and their involvement in winter planning.

It continues: "The NHS is severely and chronically underfunded".

NHS staff are doing a tremendous job at a tough time of year, and we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service.

"We realise that this can cause extra stress and upset when patients are already very unwell".

"While we do not want any delay to patient treatment, ensuring that patients with flu are admitted to, and cared for in the right place must always come first - the clinical needs of our patients is paramount".

"We'd like to thank the public for their patience during this hard time and to our staff who have been going above and beyond coping in extreme circumstances".

Consultants from 68 acute hospitals across England and Wales have written to Theresa May raising concerns over the safety of their overcrowded accident and emergency departments.

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The statistics were published shortly after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon faced questions from opposition leaders over the health service's ability to cope with the pressures on it.

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

'Some of our own personal experiences range from over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely'.

She said: "It will take some time for services to recover from the pressures being felt this winter and for the spikes in flu levels to subside". "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".

Prioritisation to implement the workforce strategy that has been agreed between the Royal College and the relevant arms length bodies.

"Patient care is acutely suffering because of this Government's chronic underfunding of our NHS, which has left 92,000 patients languishing in the back of ambulances and staff vacancies of over 100,000".

It comes as new figures revealed the number of flu cases in Scotland had more than doubled over the past week, leaving them four times higher than the same time previous year.

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