Operations cancelled due to beds crisis in our hospitals

Dr Richard Fawcett who works at the Royal Stoke University Hospital apologised for the third world conditions at this A&E department

Dr Richard Fawcett who works at the Royal Stoke University Hospital apologised for the third world conditions at this A&E department

Authorities have told hospitals to defer routine outpatient appointments and focus on emergencies, the BBC reports.

The MP for South West Surrey also paid tribute to the NHS staff working in "very tough conditions".

The shortage in hospital beds is not the only issue, however, as medical institutions were warned by the National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP) to also change their approach to cases which do not require patients to remain in the hospital overnight.

Hospitals in England have had to move operations to next month due to winter pressures on the NHS.

"We're saying actually we want to do this in a measured, structured way so we set up an independent group of very senior doctors who look at the latest information, the pressures in the system, what's happening with flu and so on".

The Hospital announced at 5pm yesterday that patients should only attend in a genuine emergency, with the Hospital opening "an unprecedented number of escalation beds in order to provide care for acutely unwell patients".

They also say they're prioritising emergency patients and reviewing non-urgent activities, as well as opening up additional beds.

Some ambulance services have also started asking 999 callers with less serious problems to make their own way to hospital, patients are being put on mixed sex wards and hospital's are bringing Global Positioning System into A&E to help deal with patients. "The NHS needs to take further action to increase capacity and minimise disruptive last minute cancellations". "That is why we are making these further recommendations".

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"Winter is an extremely busy time of year for the ambulance service and the NHS more widely and we will continue to work as a collective with our health board partners to manage increased demand".

Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff already offer supervised areas - more commonly called "drunk tanks" - where drunk revellers can be checked over, and even sleep it off, instead of being taken to A&E unnecessarily.

England's chief nurse, Jane Cummings, said that people need to think about how they use the NHS in the face of a cash crisis.

Dr Arvind Madan, director of primary care, is also on £205,000, while NHS England's chief executive Simon Stevens earns £195,000 a year.

Due to a lack of funds, the body said it was now considering longer waits for surgery as well as a clamp down on over-the-counter medication.

Labour's shadow health spokesman Jonathan Ashworth said the situation was the result of years of under-funding.

"Their staff can offer advice as to the best place to get the right care".

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