NHS had to pay £1000000000 because of missed appointments previous year

NHS had to pay £1000000000 because of missed appointments previous year

NHS had to pay £1000000000 because of missed appointments previous year

Both hospitals thanked staff who are going above and beyond normal duties to deal with the current pressures and to keep all patients safe.

Cancer operations and procedures that are time-critical will continue as usual, officials emphasized.

NHS England's acute care director said hospitals were being given the "time and space" to manage January pressures.

John Kell, head of policy at the Patients' Association, said: "NHS England's decision to defer elective surgery throughout January and authorise the use of mixed sex wards is a sign of how hard winter pressures are hitting the NHS this year".

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".

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As well as the cancelling of non-urgent treatments, such as knee and hip replacements, hospitals have been given the green light to put patients on mixed sex wards and to bring Global Positioning System into A&E to help deal with patients.

"Many [NHS trusts] dealing with unprecedented demand, reflecting the recent rise in cases of flu and respiratory illness, the impact of norovirus and - in some places - primary care including Global Positioning System working at more than full stretch".

"They are much more likely to have a poorer outcome and even die as a result of their experience in the emergency department. The NHS needs to take further action to increase capacity and minimise disruptive last minute cancellations".

She said: "The pitiful sums that Chancellor Philip Hammond made available in the budget smack of political revenge because NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens dared to speak out plainly about the scale of the financial crisis".

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At least 21 NHS trusts issued social media alerts on New Year's Day urging the public to stay away from Accident and Emergency (A&E).

"East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has spent a number of weeks preparing our services in the run up to winter".

"The doors opened and it was just a sea of people", she said.

Lib Dem health spokesman - and former health minister - Norman Lamb said the situation was "wholly predictable" and the government knew it was not putting "sufficient resources" into the NHS.

Prof Hinchliffe added: "If you are not seriously ill, A&E may not be the best place for you to get the treatment you need and you may wait for a long time".

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