THERESA MAY has apologised for delays to operations and hospital admissions as the NHS in England struggles to cope with mounting winter pressures.
It has been revealed that in one day alone, 14 people spent at least an hour queuing in ambulances outside Cornwall's biggest hospital. This means that even more beds are made inaccessible to other unwell patients to, quite rightly, prevent the spread of this infectious disease. We are no longer able to offer safe of adequate care to the patients in our hospital. Our winter plan is designed to create extra resilience and enable us to respond to these additional pressures and open additional in-patient beds where appropriate.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county's hospitals, has said that it has seen a high number of very sick patients in recent days.
When politicians tell you that "demand" is too high or that "too many patients" are presenting to emergency departments, doctors roll their eyes, exasperated at the ministerial hogwash trotted out to excuse the fact that those in charge are failing the healthcare of this country.
It has a growing catchment population of 535,000 residents in east Surrey and north east West Sussex and is the designated hospital for Gatwick Airport and the local M25 and M23 motorway network.
"But we are seeing more people visit the emergency department than we had planned for and we are seeing more people arrive by ambulance".
Butler-Smith said she and her sisters had been left feeling especially anxious when ambulance staff informed them their mother was still in the midst of having a stroke while she waited.
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"Thank you for helping us to prioritise the most seriously ill and injured patients this winter".
BMA representative body chair Anthea Mowat said: 'What is happening in our A&Es is symptomatic of pressures across the entire system.
Dr Rob Haigh, medical director at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our hospitals have been extremely busy over Christmas and New Year and our staff are working really hard to care for all our patients". Short-term fixes, however well-meaning, will only get us so far.
"Across the country, the NHS is under extreme pressure".
"The service is likely to face another three months of exceptional need for care, and it is starting from a precarious position".
The NHS, which delivers free health care for all citizens in England, accounts for a third of government spending on public services, Reuters noted. "This will help alleviate the chances of winter crises happening in the future".
Official figures released yesterday show more than 15,600 patients were treated at emergency departments over the period from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day - a four per cent increase compared to last year but a 14 per cent surge on 2015/16.