Winter pressures warning for the NHS

  • September 19th, 2017
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Back in June, it was highlighted preparations needed to be made for the coming winter months, with the NHS warning ‘unless we do something now to manage the risk for winter, there is trouble ahead.’ Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said ‘the top priority for every part of the NHS’ was to avoid […]

Leaked figures suggest January was worst month for A&E

  • February 9th, 2017
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Leaked data shows A&E wards in England experienced the worst month of delays in January, with a record number of patients waiting for longer than the four-hour target. 13 years since the four-hour target was introduced, the leaked figures, which were compiled by regulator NHS Improvement, also suggest a record high for patients waiting more […]

Four-hour A&E target only meant for urgent cases

  • January 11th, 2017
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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said the four-hour A&E target should now only apply to ‘urgent’ cases. In a statement to Parliament, Mr Hunt said the government was ‘committed to maintaining’ the target, however if the standard was to be ‘protected’ it might only need to be applied to patients with urgent needs rather than […]

A&E trolley waits reach four hours – and expected to get worse

  • December 8th, 2016
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There’s been a sharp increase in ‘trolley waits’ in A&E departments – and experts warn it will get worse. Data from the BBC show almost 475,000 patients waited for more than four hours for a hospital bed between October 2015 and September 2016. This is nearly five times the amount of people waiting for a […]

Could A&E departments in England be downgraded?

  • November 14th, 2016
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A leaked report have shown plans to downgrade three A&E units in Cheshire and Merseyside as part of NHS budget cuts. NHS bosses in Cheshire and Merseyside have been asked to make £909m cuts by 2020, however have played down talks of immediate closures. The report suggested that two of the three A&E units in […]

Emergency services – doctors in demand

  • June 14th, 2016
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East of England Ambulance bosses are calling for more people to join the frontline due to a ‘concerning’ increased level of demand. Figures released by the Trust show that 999 calls for the sickest patients – known as red one (cardiac arrests and where the patient is not breathing) and red two (other life-threatening situations) – were […]