This winter could be even worse than last year for the NHS - health bosses
Reported by Politics Home: The NHS may face its worst winter yet if it does not receive an emergency bailout from the Government, hospital bosses have warned.
The group, which includes NHS executives, is asking for between £200m and £300m for extra staff and beds.
The Department of Health claimed the NHS is “more prepared” than ever before for this Winter, in part due to an extra £1bn fund given to social care services in order to relieve hospital pressure.
However figures have revealed waits and shortages are still problematic.
NHS England has not met its monthly target for A&E waiting times for two years, according to health thinktank the Nuffield Trust. At least 95% of patients are supposed to be seen within four hours of admission, yet in July hospitals met the target just 90.3% of the time. Meanwhile there were over half a million emergency admissions in July 2017, only the third time the numbers have breached that mark since records began.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: "Last winter the health service came under pressure as never before. This winter could be worse. We are in virtually the same position as this time last year."