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Operations face cancellation as winter pressures bite NHS

12 January 2018

One significant issue - bed-blocking - has been talked about for years and yet continues to be a headache for hospitals.

Dr Jessup said he has concerns over the safety of patients amid current pressure on Global Positioning System not to transfer them to hospital.

It follows a BBC News investigation last month which found a five-fold increase in patients in England waiting more than four hours for admission since 2011.

The statistics, released this morning, demonstrate that that's 5,000 MORE patients when compared to the previous seven days. It'll also mean that Global Positioning System will not only have to cope with the rise in seasonal illness impacting on their patients but will now also have to manage patients waiting longer and longer for procedures they need'.

Because several A&E departments are also under intense pressure, many of those patients have been forced to remain in ambulances until space is freed up in hospitals.

Dr Richard Fawcett, a consultant in emergency medicine in Stoke-on-Trent, one of the country's largest A&E departments, 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 third world conditions of the department due to overcrowding'.

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It did reveal, however, that patients had faced longer waiting times than usual in accident and emergency (A&E).

Karen Partington, chairman of the central Lancashire A&E Delivery Board and Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Like other NHS organisations across the country, we have seen an increase in respiratory conditions, more severe illness, and an increase in flu which means our hospitals are very busy".

Almost half a million people called for medical advice and information on what NHS services were available, up from the previous record of 457,100 in the same period a year ago.

"We have worked with our partners across the local health care economy to have our plans aligned to support this busy period".

"But in the short term, our health service desperately needs a cash injection - by just putting a penny on income tax, an extra £6bn a year could be raised for the NHS and social care".

The data also showed that non-emergency calls to the NHS hotline reached a record high.

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The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said it has been "working at full capacity, but coping" during the winter pressures that have impacted NHS England.

"If you are unsure you can call the NHS 111 service to speak to a trained call handler who can arrange for you to be seen by an out of hours GP service or call an ambulance if that's what you need".

Chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Janet Davies said: "Today's figures show that nearly every day last week, NHS hospitals in England were at bursting point, with over 90 per cent of beds being used".

"We have comprehensive joined-up plans across community and acute care for the winter period and we continue to review these on a daily basis and take additional steps where necessary".

Tens of thousands of non-urgent operations and routine outpatient appointments have been shelved by NHS England to ease pressures on hospitals.

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Operations face cancellation as winter pressures bite NHS