Theresa May Apologises For 'Frustrating' Delays To NHS Operations

North Wales GP says hospitals in the area “creaking at the seams” Primary healthcare in the region is

Stoke Mandeville Hospital only saw three ambulances waiting for between 30 and 60 minutes, compared to higher numbers elsewhere.

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After a meeting of the National Emergency Pressures Panel, NHS medical director Bruce Keogh announced the policy changes.

While bed occupancy rates climbed as high as 93.5 percent on New Year's Eve, up from 86.7 percent on Christmas Day, with an average of 91.7 percent across the week. One significant issue - bed-blocking - has been talked about for years and yet continues to be a headache for hospitals.

HALO's are working in collaboration with A&E staff to assist with the smooth running of hospital handovers during busy periods.

When they arrived, however, the hospital's A&E department was so overwhelmed that staff were unable to admit her.

It says that not doing so increases the risk to patients due to delays in diagnosis and treatment, as well as the chance that a patient will get worse while waiting on a trolley.

"We have consultants wandering around the ambulances trying to ascertain what they can do".

More than 4,700 people were delayed for more than an hour.

The East of England Ambulance Service has told Heart it was so stretched over New Year, it was forced to put patients in TAXIS.

Trusts have also been told they can abandon efforts to house male and female patients in separate wards, in an effort to protect basic safety, as services become overwhelmed.By Tuesday night 12 NHS trusts - including two ambulance services covering nearly nine million people - had declared they had reached the maximum state of emergency.

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It has been revealed that in one day alone, 14 people spent at least an hour queuing in ambulances outside Cornwall's biggest hospital.

Once it was established that she was out of danger, she waited more than five hours to be admitted into hospital to finish her treatment, as there was no room in A&E.

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH), which runs the Haywards Heath hospital and the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, said it has been busy over Christmas, although it did not yet have the figures for the number of patients attending A&E during the festive period.

Although the winter crunch is a common problem for the NHS, this year's crisis appears to be among the worst.

'There are more beds available across the system, we've reduced the number of delayed discharges of elderly people who would otherwise have been in NHS beds rather than in social care.

Mr Hunt told ITV News the seasonal pressure was predicted and echoed NHS chiefs in saying hospitals had been "better prepared" for this year's conditions.

The data also showed that non-emergency calls to the NHS hotline reached a record high.

Calls to the 111 service shot up 21 per cent on the previous week to 480,400 - the most received in a single week since it was created.

THERESA MAY has apologised for delays to operations and hospital admissions as the NHS in England struggles to cope with mounting winter pressures.

Just before New Year, Karen Kay, Urgent and Emergency Care Executive Lead for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "Our urgent and emergency care system is under considerable pressure at the moment". In line with national recommendations we are now reviewing the schedule of operations and outpatient appointments planned for January.

Across the country tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures may be deferred until 31st January.

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