May apologises over NHS winter crisis

May apologises over NHS winter crisis

Non-emergency calls to the NHS hotline reached a record high in the week ending December 31, the latest data shows.

In addition, the number of patients waiting at least an hour to be transferred from the back of an ambulance to A&E has more doubled in a week.

The three worst offenders totalled call outs of more than 1,000 times during this period.

He later tweeted: "We are now at the stage of declaring a major incident".

Officials warn that abuse of the emergency services risks the lives of patients in genuine need of an ambulance.

A hospital that can not ensure its patients are safe: was that really what the creators of the National Health Service envisaged when it was established 70 years ago this month?

This is the busiest week of the year for the NHS.

However, Jason Scott, a research associate at Newcastle University's Institute of Health and Society, has studied the issue and says it's a misconception is that these malicious or hoax calls.

If you think you have the flu (or the norovirus "winter sickness" bug), the best remedy is usually to rest at home in the warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Patients are being forced to sleep on the floor at a hospital in West Yorkshire as the NHS winter crisis threatens to stretch Britain's health service to breaking point.

The NHS trust which runs the Horton General Hospital dropped down from the highest pressure level today (Friday, January 5) with A&E struggling to cope.

The HPS report confirmed that the flu season is being "dominated" by the H3N2 strain of the virus, commonly known as Australian flu, which is particularly aggressive.

An 80-year-old man suffering from epilepsy and dementia was kept waiting on a gurney in the hall of the Royal Stoke Hospital for 36 hours, said the Mail.

NHS England has estimated the measures could lead to up to 55,000 deferred operations, although cancer operations and time-critical procedures should go ahead as planned.

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 a year ago.

The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said it has taken steps to reduce "some" routine surgery but expects the pressure to remain over the next few days. Others branded the crisis as "battlefield medicine".

Prime Minister Theresa May this week rejected claims that the NHS is in "crisis" saying the health service is better prepared "than ever before".

Mr Gething told BBC Wales: "In planning for winter the health service reduces the level of planned admissions for operations in any event but given the pressures we've seen understandably there have been extra cancellations". The staff have been excellent, however, she was due to move off that ward on Sunday, once she was up and walking (recovering well, fortunately), but the lack of beds meant she had to stay put until Wednesday.

"Our staff have been working tirelessly in recent weeks and throughout the festive period to provide compassionate care for the continuously increasing number of patients who needed hospital services".