THE NHS – will it cope with extra demand during the coming winter?

This morning the government announced that it was allocating an extra £300 million to help resource the NHS during the next few months.  We know that demand for medical services goes up in the winter due to an increase in respiratory illnesses and accidents that arise from poor weather and less daylight.  But this is against a background of rising demand in any case, largely due to the ageing population.

This BBC article highlights that already the system is under strain, by providing data on key targets that are being missed in a wide variety of services, including surgery, cancer care, and GP practices.

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