NHS Winter Crisis
This year winter crisis, particularly the pressures on Hospital A has been widely acknowledged as the worst in living memory. People waiting for hours on trolleys in corridors,
ambulances queuing up outside hospitals and consultants writing to the Prime Minister saying that some are experiencing patients are prematurely dying.
But what’s the truth behind this latest crisis and where might the solutions lie? Fiona Foster investigates.
Many senior clinicians believe that high bed occupancy rates and a shortage of acute beds in the NHS could potentially lead to premature deaths as patients are being forced to spend long periods waiting in ambulances outside A or on trolleys in corridors.
In a statement, NHS England told Tonight:
“Winter has been a time of pressure for the NHS but the vast majority of patients. have been seen within four hours. These pressures highlight the need to evolve services to meet the more complex needs of today’s patients who are generally older. This is why we are now making the biggest national move to integrated care of any major western country”