The end of 2012 saw the NHS in England facing increasing demands from patients as a result of winter pressures and the norovirus. These demands have been compounded by cuts in social care funding and support, which make it difficult to prevent hospital admissions and ensure timely discharge. Despite these pressures, the performance of the NHS is holding up well on most of the available indicators, although a growing number of providers are in deficit, and it is proving difficult to maintain short waiting times in emergency departments.
Publication: British Medical Journal
Reference: BMJ 2013;346:e8634