NHS crisis in Cumbria: Wards full, beds blocked and ambulance handovers delayed

Theresa May meets patient Sandra Dunn at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey where she later apologised to the country for the mounting problems the NHS is facing

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Scotland's largest health board has apologised to patients for lengthy waits at hospital emergency departments over the festive period.

BMA News reports that doctors have said that a culture of financial short-term fixes is failing the NHS, and only a sustainable funding settlement will prevent it lurching from crisis to crisis.

Across the United Kingdom, non-urgent treatments have already been cancelled until mid-January, but NHS England said on Tuesday that this would now be extended to the end of the month. This is likely to affect around 50,000 procedures in England.

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

He said: 'There are patients who you would normally like to go into hospital who you are trying to keep at home and taking more of a risk than you normally would.

Mark Nevinson, a nurse at James Cook Hospital, tweeted that he was "ashamed of the substandard care we are now offering". "We had the sudden realisation that we were going to be waiting for some time and there were a lot of poorly people doing the same". We didn't have the physical space.

But bosses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are reassuring people here.

This happens when trusts can no longer guarantee patient safety and provide their full range of services.

It has a growing catchment population of 535,000 residents in east Surrey and north east West Sussex and is the designated hospital for Gatwick Airport and the local M25 and M23 motorway network.

"As always, people should only attend a hospital emergency department in an emergency".

The HSCB added that "there may be times when it is unavoidable to postpone elective operations due to the level of unscheduled care pressures".

Another doctor said that the current pressures were a "system fail". "Measures have been taken and put in place to ensure that those most urgently in need of care are being treated, those measures were planned for", she said. Short-term fixes, however well-meaning, will only get us so far.

NHS England's weekly operational update shows the true extent of the winter crisis that has hit the NHS, with ambulance delays reaching their highest levels of the year.

Around 17 hospital trusts - one in 10 - have declared a major incident due to a surge in demand since Christmas due to a spike in winter flu and staff shortages. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said he had been told by experts that attempting to raise more would backfire because wealthy people would rearrange their affairs to pay less. "With one stroke victim waiting over three hours for an ambulance it is understandable how clinicians are calling this the worst crisis they have ever seen".

NHS England-appointed Dr Anne Rainsberry, who was the regional director of NHS London, to oversee the hospitals over the next few months.

The situation became steadily worse between Christmas and New Year's Eve - when a total of 726 beds were occupied by patients who no longer needed acute care across both trusts operating hospitals in Cumbria. Mixed sex wards would also escape sanctions to help alleviate pressure.

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