This winter has been most difficult to date, according to two-thirds of Confed members

05 March 2018 – NHE

The winter situation report from NHS revealed that the bed occupancy in England’s hospitals hit 96% last month as the ‘beast from the east’ battered the country.

This winter saw bed occupancy consistently above 94%, which is well above the recommended safe levels of 85%, but it also spiked to 96% during the recent cold snap.

Between 19 to 25.02.2018, England saw 12 A&E departments experiencing diverts and a whopping 2,873 ambulance patients faced waits of over an hour before being handed over to A&E staff.

A further 9,437 ambulance patients experienced delays of between 30 to 60 minutes.


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