Hospitals are at 'breaking point': The King's Fund responds to the latest NHS winter daily situation report data

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Commenting on the latest NHS winter daily situation report data, David Maguire, Senior Analyst at The King’s Fund, said:

‘It’s been another week during which hospitals have been stretched to breaking point. The statistics paint a worrying picture of hospitals filling up and thousands of people waiting to be transferred from ambulances.

‘Last week, the average bed occupancy was more than 95 per cent, with more than a third of hospital trusts (47 out of 132) hitting 99 per cent occupancy at least once and 14 hitting 100 per cent. Even talking about 100 per cent occupancy would have been unthinkable 10 years ago, but now it’s becoming almost routine. The service is already operating beyond its limits and the worst of winter is yet to come.’

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