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NHS faces ‘endemic, unsustainable’ financial problems, says National Audit Office

A National Audit Office (NAO) report concludes that despite additional funding and planned reforms, the health service is failing to manage increased demand, while performance against treatment targets - including those for A&E services and cancer - is getting worse

Hospital bed occupancy rate drops as pressure on NHS eases

In Wales, the latest monthly data reveals hospitals saw record attendances at A&E in December, and the greatest-ever number of calls to the ambulance service

Winter demand leaves GPs in midst of ‘national crisis’

NHS planning for winter has focused on providing resources for hospitals and emergency departments, which have seen record demand and admissions in recent weeks

Flu vaccine only works in 30-40% of cases, researchers say

Vaccination is the first line of defence against flu outbreaks, and laboratories around the world collaborate to try and develop the most effective defence against a virus that is constantly evolving

NHS crisis: Nine in 10 ambulance services in England under ‘severe...

Ambulance trusts operate four alert levels known as Resource Escalation Action Plans (REAP), ranging from level one, indicating a steady state, to level four for extreme pressure

Hospitals told to cancel all non-urgent operations after hectic festive period

With many hospitals treating large numbers of patients in corridors and with extended ambulance waits, NHS England's National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP) has also lifted the ban on mixed-sex wards

Patient app ‘saves thousands of nursing hours’

Developed by GOSH clinical site practitioner and nurse Sarah Newcombe, the app enables staff to enter the vital signs of up to 350 patients using handheld devices rather than with pen and paper

Organ donation: Govt urges families to end ‘fatal reluctance’ to discuss

Under the current system donors in England have to opt-in for a donor card if their organs, including eyes, heart, liver and kidneys, are to be made available for use on patients with a critical need

Thousands of NHS patients enduring long ambulance waits, figures show

The first winter pressure situation report published by NHS England also revealed that 11 accident and emergency departments were forced to divert patients away in the seven days to Sunday 3 December

‘Severe pressure’ on NHS may put patients at risk this winter,...

With the health service entering its busiest three months of the year, the body that represents hospital, ambulance and mental health trusts says its members will be "sorely tested" this winter despite months of planning