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Readers panel: Will the NHS be able to cope with this year’s winter pressures? 

More planning than ever has gone into managing healthcare this winter in England, with NHS England announcing measures including an extra £1 billion for social care to help hospitals discharge patients earlier. Despite the planning, some fear another crisis is inevitable. Nursing Standard readers have their say. 
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More planning than ever has gone into managing healthcare in England this coming winter, with NHS England announcing measures including an extra £1 billion for social care to help hospitals discharge patients earlier. Despite the planning, some fear another crisis is inevitable. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Jane Scullion is a respiratory nurse consultant in Leicester @Jane Scullion

In the TV series Game of Thrones the stark warning is that winter is coming. NHS staff have endured almost 70 winters, yet we always seem to be taken by surprise. Winter inevitably leads to a healthcare crisis, but the term ‘winter pressures’ almost feels redundant these days as the pressure is on all year round. With increasingly complex hospital admissions and insufficient

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