Nursing crisis can influence patient care
From October 2018 there were approximately 41,000 vacancies for nurses in NHS England.
According to a large joint report in March from the King & # 39; s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, it is predicted that this will amount to 70,000 in 2024 at the current rate.
Experts say that low wages and long hours are two of the most important factors that make finding nursing staff difficult. This, combined with student debt, makes the profession unattractive for young people.
A Royal College of Nursing survey, of 1692 Britons, said 71 percent said there were not enough nurses to provide patients with safe care.
Of the 1,408 respondents in England, 37 percent said their top priority for additional NHS funding was the recruitment of more nurses.
Older population means more care needed
A longer lifespan costs the cash-tied NHS more money every year.
One in six of the British population is 65 and older, and by 2050 it will be one in four, according to NHS England.
This group of people runs the greatest risk of adverse consequences such as falls, disability, hospitalization or the need for long-term care.
The King & # 39; s Fund reports that more than 15 million people in the UK have a chronic condition, many of whom will be elderly.
The number of patients aged 75 years or older needing NHS surgery in England has doubled since 1999, according to a study by Queen Mary University.
About 1,012,000 people underwent surgery in 2015, a sharp increase compared to the 545,000 registered before the turn of the century.
Bed shortages that cause procedure cancellations
A record 4.4 million people are waiting to go to the hospital in England for a planned procedure, according to NHS England.
For comparison: a year ago, 4.09 million people were on the list and two years earlier it was 3.81 million.
Emergency departments also feel the tension because backed up hospital beds make it harder for them to find places to place new patients, so make them wait for temporary beds that & # 39; trolleys & # 39; are called.
NHS England revealed in July that the number of A&E patients sitting on trolleys waiting for a hospital bed has increased by 70 percent in a year.
The figure is almost threefold that of four years ago.
GP practices close because doctors leave NHS
Over the past six years, 585 practices have been closed, with a population of nearly 1.9 million, according to data obtained by Pulse magazine
Experts believe that the number of surgical closures is accelerating because more and more doctors are opting for early retirement or deciding to end their careers.
Despite the government's promise to hire an additional 5,000 GPs by 2020, the NHS has lost nearly 600 GPs in the past year.
According to NHS figures, almost as many GPs left health care between June 2018 and June 2019 as in the entire three years until March.
In addition, a poll in February found that 42 percent of NHS GPs said they were planning to leave or retire within five years, compared to less than a third (32 percent) in 2014.
Research from the University of Warwick showed that almost a fifth (18 percent) said they would leave within two years.
Data from the winter of 2018/2019 again reveal the NHS under intense pressure during the winter months.
A&E attendance and emergency admissions are rising, there is dangerously high occupancy of the bed, and staff work over time – causing moral loss.
The total turnout at A&E increased to 6.2 million last winter – an increase of six percent compared to the previous year. Just over 85 percent of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours – the second worst performance ever.
The average occupancy rate of the beds last winter remained very high, at 93.5 percent, comparable to the figure of 94.4 percent last year.
NHS bosses have been urged to increase preparations for influenza earlier this year following a sharp increase in the number of virus cases during the winter in Australia.
British top doctors said that the increase in Australia could be a sign of what is coming in the UK this winter.
Despite the looming winter months, figures suggest that the NHS is now in a one-year crisis.
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