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Is Scarborough Hospital facing a crisis?

Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 04:02

It came as hospital bosses across the region pleaded with patients to stay away from bursting A&E departments and delayed operations in a bid to free up beds and frontline staff.

'We have to look again at NHS funding, which remains well below what other comparable European countries spend on healthcare, to ensure the NHS has the staff and the capacity needed to deal with the pressures it faces year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months'.

"We apologise to every patient whose procedure or appointment will be affected, and recognise the concern and inconvenience this will cause".

At the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, 15 operations had to be cancelled on Thursday due to the additional strain on services. "This will help alleviate the chances of winter crises happening in the future". "We have a social care system that requires reform and we have staffing depletion", he told the BBC.

Our only option is to make do and hope.

"This is due to the measures we have been implementing over the last few days".

"And while heroic frontline staff battle to help patients under this vast pressure, it's clear they require greater levels of support from the Labour Government".

However, insufficient resources to match patient numbers all year round has resulted in compromised patient safety, declining 4-hour performance, A&E crowding and "exit block" across Wales.

The end of each of my shifts is greeted with relief that it is over; my off-duty is then spent worrying about whether my decisions were correct, whether I missed an infection, a heart attack or a cancer. My main concern is that there are not enough doctors and NHS staff are overworked. No patient should have to experience it. He said: "I have no more capacity to offer, even to the sickest of the sick patients". Hospitals are reporting growing chaos, with a spike in winter flu leaving frail patients facing 12-hour waits, and some units running out of corridor space.

The office workers who stepped into the breach during "exceptional circumstances" in NHS Lanarkshire to "support their clinical colleagues" by doing vital cleaning work should be commended.

If the necessary funds can not be raised from extra taxation, spending cuts in other areas may be another bullet we must bite.

My patients are angry. I noticed that they were talking about the "flashing lights" and realised what they were referring to was the number of ambulances queueing.

There is no health minister standing in our waiting room apologising for the seven-hour wait.

Last January one pensioner endured a 40-hour trolley wait in Antrim Area Hospital, but the longest delay before treatment last week was not disclosed.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt apologised for any one affected by cancellations but said the guidance meant cancellations were taking place in a "planned way", unlike past year.

Failings that we have no control over.

Emergency care chiefs had previously warned The Independent that Christmas Day usually provides a lull, but this year it had felt like "just another very bad day".

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