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NHS to remain stretched over Easter period, warns Society for Acute Medicine

20th March 2018

The Society of Acute Medicine has said the pressure on the NHS remains ongoing and will persist well into next month.

According to Dr Nick Scriven, president of the body, the health service was "brought to its knees" over the winter.

However, he said the pressure is "ongoing" and conditions will remain difficult until after Easter at the earliest.

"There is no let-up at all," Dr Scriven commented. "Nothing will realistically change until after Easter, which will further stretch the workforce who are the lifeblood of the NHS."

Dr Scriven went on to raise concerns with the end of the release of weekly performance data two weeks ago, arguing this is "misleading".

"Just because NHS England’s weekly figures have stopped it does not mean all is well," he stated.

Dr Scriven added that while the suspension on non-urgent surgery in January slightly eased pressure, it was "probably rescinded too soon" and may not have been implemented fully.

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