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Strain on hospitals ‘increasing week-on-week’ says SAM president

Following the release of the latest weekly winter performance data across the NHS, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“The strain on hospitals is increasing week-on-week, with cases of influenza rising and now the added pressure of the first real cold spell this winter.

“In the meantime, as has been the case for some time now, parliament is distracted by infighting and political point scoring, ignoring their collective responsibility to the public.

“So far, mild weather has helped to ensure the focus stays off of the NHS but, behind the scenes, many hospitals are gridlocked with large numbers of extremely unwell elderly people and that will only worsen in the coming weeks.”

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