Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Winter set to be worst ever for A&E waits, health leaders warn

THE NHS is facing the worst winter for A&E waits on record, as hospitals are being “pressurised like never before”, health leaders have warned reports the BBC.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine says it believes this will have been the worst December for hospital bed occupancy and emergency care delays.

The warning comes as hospitals face soaring demand driven by winter infections like flu, strep A and Covid.

The government says it is “working tirelessly” to ensure patient care.

A number of NHS trusts have declared critical incidents in recent days, signalling they are unable to function as normal due to extraordinary pressure.

Dr Adrian Boyle, the president of the RCEM, told the BBC that hospitals were “too full” and the situation was “much worse than in previous years”.

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