Winter pressure on Hertfordshire's hospitals "reviewed on a daily basis"

Alicia Farmer
January 12, 2018

Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chair of the Commons Health Committee, has called for an increase in Government health spending as NHS bosses defended their decision to postpone non-urgent operations through January.

NHS England's acute care director said hospitals were being given the "time and space" to manage January pressures.

It comes after warnings that every A&E in the country is struggling to meet demand.

Speaking to Iain Dale, Mr Hunt said: "A crisis is when something goes wrong and you don't have a plan".

Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the NHS is in crisis, telling the media the state health service is better prepared for the winter illness spike "more than ever before".

The board's office-based employees were asked to consider volunteering to help their colleagues in hospitals and GP practices by taking on cleaning and administrative roles over the next five days.

The hospital has advised that it is facing extreme and sustained pressure due to very high numbers of patients seeking emergency medical care.

In a statement, he adds: "If we continue to run the NHS at close to 100% capacity, day in day out, permanently in the red zone, it's not surprising that the service can't cope when we get a high, but entirely predictable, spike in demand. That is why we are making these further recommendations today".

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There would also be more resources for ambulatory care and clinics as alternatives to hospital admissions, and a twice-daily review of all patients to facilitate discharge.

"Or maybe they could access other NHS services such as the Corby Urgent Care Centre, NHS 111 advice line or their local pharmacist".

She added: "Patient safety is being compromised - there's no doubt about that".

The figures do not include local NHS trusts, meaning even more staff could be earning more than the PM.

'Since the [Christmas] bank holiday things have escalated rapidly and we are on the cusp of a major issue at least as bad as a year ago'.

Dr Richard Fawcett, a consultant in emergency medicine at the Royal Stoke hospital, tweeted on Tuesday: "As an A&E consultant at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust I personally apologise to the people of Stoke for the 3rd world conditions of the dept due to #overcrowding".

"This means that ambulances are waiting outside emergency departments waiting to offload, the emergency departments are full, clinical staff are working extremely hard to try and look after these patients, often having to treat patients in corridors, people suffering lengthy delays".

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