Analysis

Preparation for winter pressure is 'not enough' warns NHS Providers

Winter is coming and the wider NHS is gearing up for increasing pressure on services.

Despite the NHS's insistence that winter planning is more advanced and funded this year, some insist it needs even more emergency funding to pay for extra staff and beds.

More planning than ever has gone into this winter in England. Each area has an emergency department (ED) delivery board with help on hand to provide support for those areas struggling the most.

Social care has been provided with an additional £1 billion of funding, with instructions to use it specifically to help hospitals get on top of delayed discharges, while a £100 million pot has been set aside to introduce front-door streaming into all hospitals.

This winter also marks the first major staging post in terms of the wider overhaul of the urgent

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