NHS winter crisis: hospitals to delay non urgent operations

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He was due to have the operation at Basildon Hospital on December 5 but it was delayed to January 17.

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) said in the six hours between 10pm on New Year's Eve and 4am on 1 January, SECAmb handled approximately 1,000 999 calls - close to three calls a minute, though this was slightly down on last year.

Local MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart have said they are "committed to making sure our hospital has the resources it needs" following the declaration by Milton Keynes Hospital that they are under "extreme pressure".

NHS patients missed eight million hospital appointments in England alone past year, costing almost £1billion of taxpayers' cash.

"By seeking alternative care, you will be helping our highly trained urgent care staff to treat the patients only they can care for". "Every winter the NHS comes under intense pressure, this is something that can be planned for, but ministers have spectacularly failed to rise to the challenge this year".

Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected claims the NHS is in crisis, telling the media the state health service is better prepared for the winter illness spike "more than ever before".

Problems have also been reported in other parts of the UK.

It will be used for the hospital as well as GP and mental health services in the county.

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Meanwhile, in Scotland there has been a 20% jump in A&E attendances compared with the previous year, prompting an increase in patients waiting more than four hours, and in Northern Ireland the Antrim Area Hospital has been forced to bring in St John ambulance volunteers to help with a surge in demand.

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, recently said the £110bn budget is not enough and called for an increase in funding.

The trust will instead contact patients directly if their appointment or operation is cancelled.

Many hospitals are operating at or near full capacity, with reports of long waits for treatment in emergency rooms.

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

Further recommendations include the installation of consultant triage at the front-door so patients are seen by a senior decision maker on arrival at the emergency department, the staffing of additional inpatient beds, and twice daily patient reviews to facilitate discharges at the earliest opportunity.

That there are more patients who are older, sicker and more complex is completely predictable.

Mrs Cooper also said that a planned Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for Lancashire and South Cumbria would see the area having to save £534m. - a move she believes will cause even more pressures in the future.