CSP responds to NHS England's measures to address winter pressures


His heartfelt tweet, which made national headlines on Saturday, described the true situation that faced many A&E units across the country.

However, QEH bosses say that, despite expecting a wave of calls from concerned patients following the coverage, their outpatient service has so far not been affected.

The comments come after NHS England urged hospitals to defer pre-planned operations and routine outpatient appointments until the end of the month due to severe winter pressures.

The data held by Public Health England shows the flu season now underway across England and will spread to the rest of the UK.

Many hospitals are operating at or near full capacity, with reports of long waits for treatment in emergency rooms.

"A&E at LGI and St James's are extremely busy and I would like to ask people to find alternative care, except in the case of genuine emergencies".

Professor Chris Moulton, vice-president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine - which represents A&E doctors, said: 'Everyone is busy.

"It's clearly not just a few isolated hospitals that are having problems".

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They are being dispatched in fire engines or cars to treat patients who have suffered cardiac arrests, strokes, fits or heavy bleeding.

The president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Taj Hassan, said: "In increasing numbers of departments, conditions are just bad and staff are stretched to the limit just trying to deliver safe care". The union Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, said the Government had "failed" to provide sufficient funding for one of the nation's proudest achievements.

Patients across the United Kingdom have had to cancel non-urgent treatments until the end of the month according to NHS England.

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. The unusual measure has been taken to ease pressure on overstretched hospital staff who are already dealing with a spike in winter flu cases.

"It's not the fault of the hospital trusts across Lancashire".

It comes as the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield and Dewsbury, continues to warn of "unprecedented" demand on its emergency departments.

"With all but five hospitals in England running at above the recommended safe bed occupancy level of 85 percent and nearly a fifth running at 99 percent, the system has little to no capacity to handle a major flu outbreak or spike in demand caused by a cold snap over the coming weeks", Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, recently warned.

"We can all play a part in ensuring demand on our most acute services is minimised, however, by taking time to think of the best way to access treatment".