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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.
Crisis

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

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

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