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January is nearing its end but the winter NHS crisis continues

Government statements about the state of the NHS are misleading: operations are being cancelled and people are dying waiting for ambulances.

Government statements about the state of the NHS are misleading: operations are being cancelled and people are dying waiting for ambulances.

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As January draws to a close there is a feeling that spring is around the corner.

But we overstretched NHS staff know that winter pressures will carry on until at least March, and we cannot yet see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The gloomy feeling that winter will never end is exacerbated by the pressure and strain we are under at work.

Every 13-hour shift spent at work brings physical or emotional challenges, and often a wearying combination of both.

We come to work to care for patients and it is exhausting to see too few medical and nursing staff, admitting beds and mental health service provision.

It is heart breaking to experience, day in day out, the effect of these problems on the children and young people we care for, and their families.

Part of the plan

Yet according to English health secretary Jeremy Hunt and prime minister Theresa May, there is no healthcare crisis, and anything that appears to be so is part of the plan.

They have stuck to this line all winter so far and it is demoralising to hear a government tell bare faced lies about what is happening in hospitals all over the country.

Meanwhile, the general public are misinformed until they have the bad luck to experience the crisis at first hand.

Hundreds of cancelled operations, people dying waiting for ambulances and the four-hour target in emergency care at an all-time low? All part of the plan, according to Mrs May.

The plan being, presumably, the strategic underfunding of the NHS.


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Emma Cowen is a staff nurse in the children’s emergency department, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Brighton

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