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NHS pressures ‘leading to cancellations and treatment delays’

5th January 2018

Persistent resourcing and capacity issues in NHS are leading to widespread cancellation of appointments and delays in delivering urgent care, according to new reports.

Analysis from BBC News has shown that more than one in eight patients taken to hospital by ambulance this winter faced a delay of more than 30 minutes on arrival, significantly more than the 15-minute target.

The East Midlands saw the highest proportion of delays, with 20 percent of crews waiting for more than 30 minutes, while only six out of more than 130 hospital trusts reported no delays exceeding this amount.

This comes shortly after NHS leaders announced the cancellation of tens of thousands of non-urgent operations across the country in an effort to ease the pressure on hospitals, which are struggling with a rise in demand during the winter months.

Public Health England has confirmed a sharp rise in hospital admissions in England for flu cases in the last week of December, while many healthcare leaders have suggested that funding shortfalls are making the problems worse.

The scale of the current issues facing the NHS have prompted prime minister Theresa May to personally acknowledge the problem, with the Conservative leader saying: "I know it's difficult, I know it's frustrating, I know it's disappointing for people, and I apologise."

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