NHS crisis: A&E waits at worst EVER levels and bed occupancies reach the joint highest point during the 'worst winter ever', official figures reveal

Mail Online | 3/8/2018 | Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
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Over-stretched hospitals are still buckling under the unprecedented pressure this winter, shock new NHS figures reveal.

A&E waiting times have spiraled to record lows and last week bed occupancy rates soared to the joint highest levels so far this winter.

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Concerned medics have warned 'there is no more to give' and the cash-strapped NHS is working at the limits of its capacity'.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has already been pushed to admit that the NHS is battling it's 'worst ever winter' this year.

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A series of official performance figures released today by health chiefs from across every trust in England back-up his claims.

Just 85 per cent of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival in casualty units across England in February.

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It tops the 85.1 per cent recorded in December and January 2018, when the Red Cross were drafted in to help combat the 'humanitarian crisis' in hospitals.

NHS England figures released today also show bed occupancies last week reached their highest levels recorded all winter.

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Some 95.2 per cent of beds were full across the 137 trusts during the week ending March 4.

Occupancy levels should never exceed the 85 per cent safe level, as above this can have serious health risks, officials warn.

Analysis - Hospitals - Limit

But an analysis revealed four out of five hospitals are breaching this safe limit.

Janet Davies, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: 'Our health and social care system is working at the limits of its capacity – there is no more to give.

Winter - Disaster - Health - Care - Services

'Another winter like this could spell disaster for our health and social care services and the patients who rely on it.

'Safe staffing levels are key to patient safety, and immediate investment is required to train and retain staff.

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'The warning signs are plain to see, and ministers...
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