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Alarming: A&E chiefs from 68 hospitals warn patients are 'dying prematurely'

Alarming: A&E chiefs from 68 hospitals warn patients are 'dying prematurely'

The flu rate had also doubled the previous week, from just over 20 per 100,000 to 46 per 100,000.

Concern has centred on the H3N2 flu strain, which struck Australia during...

The HPS report said: "Vaccination of those eligible for seasonal influenza remains the most important preventative measure to reduce influenza".

Responding to the claims during First Minister's Questions, Ms Sturgeon said the "health service budget has gone up to record levels, the number of people who work in our health service has gone up to record levels and the number of delayed discharges has gone down over the past year".

"This current level of safety compromise is at times intolerable, despite the best efforts of staff".

Trish Murray, campaign manager at 38 Degrees, said: "Most people support an emergency cash injection for the NHS this winter and that's no surprise".

She said: "Despite the winter pressures-I readily acknowledge the pressure that they put on not just patients but staff-I repeat that the health service in Scotland is the best-performing health service anywhere in the United Kingdom".

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is the worst in the country for hitting its four hour waiting time for A&E patients according to new figures which paint a picture of the NHS in winter crisis.

Levels have only dipped so low once before since monthly reporting on the four-hour target was introduced in 2010, with rates also reaching 85.1% in January 2017.

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"Of course there will be increased pressures at this time of year, but with proper planning we wouldn't need to experience the annual winter crisis".

Leading accident and emergency doctors in England and Wales have said patients are dying prematurely in hospital corridors as the NHS faces one of the worst winters in recent history.

Ruth Davidson has called on the First Minister to stop cutting hospital beds while Scotland is in the midst of a "flu crisis".

But Ms Davidson said there were nearly 2,000 fewer hospital beds in Scotland than there were five years ago, when the total was more than 23,000.

The elderly man, who had smashed his head in a fall, then spent 13 hours on a trolley before being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, she heard.

A&E workers told HuffPost UK this week that pressure on the frontline is so intense that patients are waiting 10 hours to be seen by a doctor, while doctors and nurses are suffering from anxiety and depression as a result.

Problems also persist at the James Paget University Hospital, where beds were full every day from before New Year's Eve to January 7.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - 40.1%. We will do our best to keep you anonymous. "Is this a joke?" Behind each statistic is a patient waiting longer for care, often in distress, and doctors working under impossible conditions, exhausted and frustrated that they can't provide the compassionate and quality care they want to for their patients.

"I said earlier this week, the health secretary said in the chamber, that we apologise unreservedly not just at winter but at any time of the year to any patient who waits longer than they should do for hospital treatment or doesn't get the standard of treatment that they have a right to expect and I do that again, unequivocally, today".


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