Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Jeremy Hunt apologises to patients over cancellation of thousands of NHS operations

Jeremy Hunt apologises to patients over cancellation of thousands of NHS operations

It will see up to 50,000 routine operations axed.

NHS patients missed eight million hospital appointments in England alone a year ago, costing almost £1billion of taxpayers' cash. We can all help by not over-burdening the service and using it only when we need to.

Dr Fawcett went on Twitter to apologize after the NHS had a Tuesday from hell. The A&E consultant called the overcrowding at his place of work, the Royal Stoke University Hospital, heartbreaking.

"As an A&E consultant".

The corridors of Westminster are not stacked with trolleys of patients waiting for a bed.

It is too early to judge how bad this year's pressures are compared with previous years.

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: 'Bed occupancy rates above 85 per cent pose a substantial risk to patient safety and the downturn compared with past year should be a cause for serious concern'.

Western Sussex Hospitals is working with other health and social care organisations across the region on a new "Let's Get You Home" initiative that will support patients to return home safely, or to move to a care home or supported housing if that is not possible.

"Instead of running scared, Jeremy Hunt must answer for his party's sustained underfunding of our NHS which has already caused such misery right across the country".

The board's office-based employees were asked to consider volunteering to help their colleagues in hospitals and GP practices by taking on cleaning and administrative roles over the next five days.

The hospital said it was seeing a higher than normal number of patients, a greater number of patients whose transfer of care to another health organisation is delayed, and delays within the hospital itself due to staffing and service issues. "This is the busiest week of the year for the NHS".

Echoing Theresa May, he added: "It is incredibly tough, I completely agree with what the Prime Minister has said about how brilliant the NHS staff have been".

Chief executive Calum Campbell said: "This is an unparalleled situation in Lanarkshire and exceptional circumstances need exceptional measures to enable us to deliver our number one healthcare priority - patient safety".

"We are seeing very high numbers of very sick patients in the emergency department and fewer patients being able to be discharged - many because they also remain in need of acute care".

"But the reason I don't use the word "crisis" is because we have a very clear plan, we've been thinking about this for a very long time and we are activating that plan".

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