Response to the latest winter situation report from NHS England

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Responding to the latest winter situation report from NHS England, Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Although this weekly data has not been fully validated, if it is right then hospital-bed occupancy – a good proxy for the pressure hospitals are under – has been at even higher levels than last year. Given that last winter was one of the most challenging that hospitals had faced for more than a decade, it is worrying that many hospitals are already under significant pressure as they struggle to cope with increasing demand for their services.’

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