Are ‘winter pressures’ here to stay?

Winter has always been a notoriously difficult time within the healthcare industry. Illnesses associated with the colder weather relentlessly drive up patient demand on an already overstretched and struggling NHS service. Last winter, excess deaths related to the colder months across England and Wales totaled 31,100, which is a 29% increase on the 2011/12 figures, […]

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£400 million funding given to ease pressure on A&E

“Unexpectedly high” demand for acute service The NHS Trust Development Authority is set to investigate the “unexpectedly high” demand for acute services, which has seen winter pressures roll over into the summer months. The work is due to examine the causes behind the apparent surge in demand and how trusts had responded, with many hospitals missing national A&E […]

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Four in ten trusts feeling financial squeeze

Additional winter funding stripped back leaving A&E departments short Analysis by the Health Service Journal has revealed that hospital trusts are already factoring in financial deficits, as four out of ten experience increased costs due to unplanned demand on emergency services. Trusts usually receive winter pressure funding, which helps them to cope with the rising […]

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