The King's Fund responds to the latest winter operational update

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Commenting on the latest winter operational update, Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund said:

‘Despite a relatively mild start to the winter, the health service is running red hot, with around 95 per cent of hospital beds occupied, well above the recommended safe level. This doesn’t bode well for the coming weeks when temperatures are likely to drop and flu levels increase.

‘The government has promised more money for the NHS but a credible plan to increase the workforce is also urgently needed. Even then, it will take time to stabilise services and patients will unfortunately continue to wait longer to receive the care that they need.’


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