Sturgeon urged to 'stop cutting hospital beds' at First Minister's Questions

London England. Hospitals in the UK have been advised to postpone all non-urgent operations until the end of January as the NHS

Image The NHS is experiencing what has been described as a winter crisis

New national figures released today (Thursday, January 11) showed that the percentage of patients being treated at A&E inside four hours has reached a record low.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the BMA - the trade union for doctors - had previously said it was "fed up with this government's spin, and patients are too".

As you will know a number of scientific publications have shown that crowded Emergency Departments are unsafe for patients.

This compares to 92.5 per cent in the comparable week the previous year.

However analysis by the BBC showed that A&E waiting time performance in December continued to be better in Scotland than in England, where senior doctors have warned that patients are "dying in hospital corridors".

Among those to have signed the letter are Ruchi Joshi, A&E GP at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Ann-Marie Morris, consultant in emergency medicine at the University Hospitals of North Midlands, and Jo Taylor, from the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. Are you anxious about the safety of patients? The experts warn about the hazards of having overcrowded emergency departments.

"This is not just business as usual and these figures make clear the scale of the situation".

Prioritisation to implement the workforce strategy that has been agreed between the Royal College and the relevant arms length bodies.

The, "facts remain, however, that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded", they write.

Last week, NHS England took the drastic steps of ordering hospitals in England to suspend all non-urgent activities.

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As many as 14,000 jobs could be lost because the sector is so tightly entwined with the British market, the report added.

They included 18-year-old midwifery student Bethany Walker, from Applecross in Wester Ross, who died in hospital last week after her flu virus developed into pneumonia.

The uplift was less than half of the £4bn health experts said the NHS needs next year.

'Some of our own personal experiences range from over 120 patients a day managed in corridors, some dying prematurely'.

"Yet all the government does is offer inadequate sums of money which barely keep our health service going".

According to a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Social Care as a response to this letter, there is a 68.7% increase in the number of A&E consultants over the past 7-8 years and that "NHS was given top priority in the recent budget with an extra £2.8 billion allocated over the next two years".

I say sorry to Mr Wilson if that was his experience of the health service.

Last year the NHS struggled, even without a major flu outbreak, and despite additional funding and planning this year the extra capacity is already under strain.

A spokesman for the Vic said the severity of cases seen last month meant people were spending longer on the ward, while the success of efforts to get patients with more minor conditions to seek treatment elsewhere - such as walk-in centres - meant a greater proportion of those seen at the hospital needed more intensive treatment, causing delays for other patients.

NHS bosses apologised to the family, citing "significant pressures this winter because of a high number of complex cases and respiratory illness".

"We need a moratorium before the next crisis, so will the First Minister promise to stop cutting hospital beds until patients have somewhere to go?"

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