Trusts across the country are struggling to meet demand. A common theme is a shortage of beds, requiring people to wait in the emergency department for long periods of time before being admitted to a ward, and a shortage of staff which has caused two trusts to close their Minor Injury Units so that staff can be transferred to A&E.
A shortage of a safe number of staff is resulting in trusts breaching the government’s agency pay limit and potentially harming their finances, and it means that one trust is considering closing A&E at one hospital. Shortage of staff and beds are also causing delays in elective care, and in one part of the country one service has effectively been privatised because there is no capacity for new NHS patients and instead they are being sent to a private hospital.
A&E waiting times
- Board papers at Warrington and Halton Hospitals…
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