Jan 3, 2019

Hospitals 'coping better with winter'

Hospitals seem to be coping better with winter, NHS England figures suggest. An NHS England spokesperson said: "Thanks to the hard work and preparation of NHS staff, the health service is performing better this winter than last." Those working in the NHS are cautious about saying hospitals have escaped the chaos seen in previous winters. Pressures remain incredibly high, with the three key waiting-time targets for the NHS - covering A&Es, cancer and routine operations - still being missed. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said he was "Expecting severe difficulties" as the cold snap sets in over the next week and added further stress to stretched NHS services.

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