Thursday, 19 July, 2018


Health secretary apologises as thousands of non-urgent operations postponed

Health secretary apologises as thousands of non-urgent operations postponed Health secretary apologises as thousands of non-urgent operations postponed
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 18:54

NHS England's National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP) yesterday recommended that hospitals defer day operations, outpatient appointments and non-urgent inpatient care to concentrate on emergency treatment.

NHS bosses in Lincolnshire are warning people to expect long waits at A&E departments across the county.

Mr Hunt said: "There are real pressures, no question about it".

Ambulance services warned they were under heavy pressure even before New Year's Eve - traditionally their busiest night of the year - had begun.

"Patients and staff deserve better than a Health Secretary doing a 'Grayling, ' going to ground and refusing to explain the appalling downturn in standards of care this winter", Madders told the Manchester Evening News.

Kell added that ministers must be accountable for the winter crisis, saying that it is the government's policy decisions that have left the NHS in its current position.

The issue touches on politics as well, as Prime Minister Theresa May had pledged to put an end to NHS shortages. Hospitals will begin using non-emergency vehicles to mitigate the limitations imposed by insufficient ambulances. Chief executive of Warrington and Halton Hospitals Mel Pickup said the overcrowding and pressures now faced by hospital staff were the worst in 30 years.

Simon Stevens has also said that experience from this year will help determine whether schemes will be scaled up and rolled out to more towns and cities in England ahead of Christmas 2018.

He said the lack of beds meant the practice of "boarding" - where patients in trolleys are placed in the middle of wards or in corridors - was now common.

"We've gone into this winter in a way we've never prepared before".

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

Doctors and nurses have also been speaking about the problems.

And so as well as providing care, I now feel that it is also my job to speak out.

Esther Herbert accompanied her 87-year-old mother to Worcestershire Royal Hospital before Christmas.

"For people who have been waiting for procedures and appointments, it's outrageous", he said.

In the week ending December 24, 83.3% of patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, against a target of 95%.

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: 'Bed occupancy rates above 85 per cent pose a substantial risk to patient safety and the downturn compared with previous year should be a cause for serious concern'.

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