Health service has experienced its ‘toughest summer’ says NHS England boss

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The NHS has experienced its toughest summer ever, with the head of health services in England saying hospitals prepare for autumn and a potentially inevitable winter crisis.

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Shared in a message to NHS staff on Tuesday Granthshala, NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard told owners that the NHS was going to take different ways to reduce the backlog of waiting patients as staff would not have to work hard in the ordinary way and do the same Can be called.

Ms Pritchard, who took over from Sir Simon Stevens in July, acknowledged “very challenging circumstances” during the summer, with the Army heavily supporting ambulance services and hospital A&E departments reporting record numbers of patients. was called to.


She said: “Summer usually gives the NHS a chance to catch our breath, but there has been little easing of pressure this year. In fact, it has been the NHS’s toughest summer and, in many ways, like some tough winters which we have all experienced.

“Urgent and emergency care and ambulance services are particularly under stress, but I know how hard you and your team are working to provide the best patient care possible across all parts of the system.”

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in recent months Granthshala The UK has highlighted the heat crisis in demand on the NHS, which has led to the widespread cancellation of operations, including for cancer patients, as the number of coronavirus cases soared. More than 5,500 patients of Kovid are in hospital in England.

She warned that the NHS could not only demand more from staff, adding: “We must keep up the pace of recovering services and addressing the optional backlogs that have inevitably built up while hospitals continue to recover from COVID-19.” With over 450,000 patients taken care of.

“This pandemic has had a huge impact on our employees physically and emotionally, and as we work to fix services, we must make sure we keep it at the front of our minds.

“It will not be enough to just work harder and do more of it. We need to bring in the same spirit of innovation that has enabled us to transform care in response to the pandemic, to find new ways to deal with new challenges.” looked for.”

He specifically highlighted the efforts that will be needed to address the disparity among patients that has intensified during the pandemic.

Ms Pritchard welcomed the government’s recent investment in providing the NHS with an additional £5.4 billion for the rest of this year, as well as a £36 billion increase from a new increase in national insurance, the money from which will be the first for the NHS. Will go in

She said this new money “came with understandable expectations to ensure that every pound we’ve been given to give to patients is spent wisely.”

He did not give more details about what was agreed with ministers on the funding, but NHS trusts have already been told they may have to save despite the additional investment.

The boss of NHS England praised staff for having achieved nearly 90 per cent on routine operations since the end of the lockdown with the level of activity at the hospital where they were before the Covid pandemic.

She said: “There have been more urgent cancer screenings this summer than before the pandemic, while other clinical screenings are also approaching last year and pre-Covid levels.

“Primary care, which has always been the front door of the NHS, has been right on Colface, providing over 100 million appointments. We have also engaged mental health and community partners to cope with the impact of COVID amid increasing demand See you working hard.”


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