Another winter and it appears we face yet another year where the NHS is under severe pressure.
The headlines have been full in recent weeks of news of over stretched wards, longer waiting times at A&Es, cancelled operations and delays when waiting for an ambulance.
What’s more, it seems like there isn’t a region of the UK which is unaffected.
Thousands of ambulances were left waiting outside stretched hospitals in December – with the worst of the crisis occurring during the festive period.
And, it appears that the NHS is warning of even further delays as the weather is set to take a turn for the worse with “freezing conditions” on the way.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been forced to apologise after around 50,000 operations were axed to help deal with a winter crisis in the NHS. He said the cancellations were “absolutely not what I want.”
Last week, the Prime Minister Theresa May was reported in a tabloid newspaper as saying: “’I recognise that it is difficult if someone is delayed on their admission to hospital, or if somebody has an operation postponed.
“We will hope to ensure that those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible. I know it’s frustrating, I know it’s disappointing for people, and I apologise.”
NHS England has urged people to stock up on medicines, check on vulnerable or elderly neighbours and get the flu jab. It has issued its fifth winter “keep well warning” since 24 November before the arrival of what in some places will be sub-zero temperatures. Over-65s, young children and anyone with a medical condition should take particular care, it said.
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s Director of Acute Care, said: “The NHS is putting into practice our plan for winter but as temperatures are set to reach below freezing this weekend the public can play their part by keeping warm, stocking up on medications and using NHS Choices and pharmacists to get advice.”
An NHS tax of one penny in every pound could bring in billions to tackle “unprecedented” demand, a nursing union chief has said.
The Royal College of Nursing Wales director, Tina Donnelly, called for an “honest conversation” on how it is funded.
As the NHS has warned, a key way of keeping fit over this winter period is to stay at home, make sure you have had the flu jab and stay warm.
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