Hospitals warn over pressure of patient numbers

A third of hospital trusts in England issued alerts warning they needed urgent action to cope with the pressure of patient numbers last month.

In the most serious cases – seven of the 50 trusts that issued alerts – the hospitals declared they were unable to give patients comprehensive care.

BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has been told operations have been cancelled and patients left waiting on trolleys.

NHS England said tried-and-tested plans were managing the pressures.

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said there was an “absolute and urgent need” to help emergency departments.


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