Winter pressures: how will the health service cope this time round?

With winter looming, pressure builds for Matt Hancock to turn around the past two years of low performance

With winter round the corner, the pressure is on for the new health and social care secretary to turn around the past two years of low performing NHS trusts

Winter is on its way, and just the thought is enough to send shudders down the backs of many of those who work in the NHS.

The past two winters were the worst in a generation, with emergency department (ED) performance in England sinking to its lowest level since the operational standard was introduced in 2004.

£145 million

Total government has invested in emergency departments in England this winter

So how well prepared is the health service this time round? The government has already announced £145 million of funding for NHS trusts to spend on upgrading wards and redeveloping EDs at more than 80 sites.



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