Winter crisis exacerbated by under-investment in nursing staff

Winter crisis exacerbated by under-investment in nursing staff

Latest NHS England winter figures have laid bare the pressures experienced by the health service between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

A weekly operational update showed that bed occupancy rates climbed as high as 93.5% on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile 4,734 emergency patients experienced long waits to be seen in A&E, soaring from 2,413 people in the week before.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies said: “Today’s figures show that almost every day last week, NHS hospitals in England were at bursting point, with over 90% of beds being used, well above the 85% safe limit recommended by experts.

“Lack of beds for new patients is a major factor contributing to the current severe pressure on the NHS, but it’s impossible for trusts to open extra beds without more nurses to staff them.”

 

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