The British Medical Association predicts that more than one million patients in the winter should be able to wait more than four hours in A&E

The NHS is preparing for the & # 39; worst winter it has ever endured & # 39; with more than one million patients who are expected to wait more than four hours in A&E during the cold season.


Nearly 350,000 patients may also end up stranded on corridors while waiting for treatment, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.

The union said that harsh weather conditions, the potential of a serious flu outbreak and the uncertainty of Brexit could paralyze health care this winter.

Experts say that at least 10,000 beds are needed to give hospitals in England and Wales a chance in the coming months.

The warning from the BMA comes after staff have been overloaded in recent years by people who wanted hospital treatment during the cold period.

The British Medical Association predicts that more than one million patients in the winter should be able to wait more than four hours in A&E

The British Medical Association predicts that more than one million patients in the winter should be able to wait more than four hours in A&E


BMA Chairman Dr. Chaand Nagpaul said: Enough is enough. Everywhere in healthcare, trusts and GP practices will brace themselves for what appears to be the worst winter the NHS has ever endured.

& # 39; Patients should not be afraid of needing hospital care or see their doctor, nor should they accept that they can wait for hours on a trolley in an emergency department to be treated. & # 39;

He made the remarks when the association published its election manifesto to make demands on the next government to focus.

The warning comes as part of the BMA & # 39; s worst-case scenario, which was based on earlier NHS data.

In interviews for the Doctor & # 39; s magazine of the union, a doctor was described who describes how patients have suffered cardiac arrest in corridors while waiting for treatment.

The unnamed Midlands medicine consultant said the summer & # 39; absolutely cruel & # 39; Has been.

They added: & # 39; It is really corrosive to staff because they come to work with patients standing by the corridor.


& # 39; We have set patients on pieces that we have never used before – we are actually expanding into new areas.

& # 39; There have been cardiac arrests in a number of places. We are under the microscope and I do not think there is an emergency department in England or Wales that thinks that patient care will not suffer in the coming winter. & # 39;

Another specialist intern in the Southwestern United States said the circumstances & # 39; not safe & # 39; goods.


The NHS is on a collision course as it enters the winter with waiting lists for routine operations at record levels, experts have warned.

A damning report showed that more than 4.41 million patients were on the waiting list in August – 250,000 more than last year.


And 662,053 people have waited more than 18 weeks for routine treatments, such as joint replacements – the highest since records began.

Health leaders condemned the figures and said they showed that the NHS could endure the worst winter ever with Brexit, harsh weather and flu on the horizon.

NHS bosses said trusts across the country were "incredibly hard". work to prepare for the winter and ensure that patients are kept safe.

But the Royal College of Nursing fears that more and more patients will be treated in corridors as the pressure on health care increases.

And the Royal College of Surgeons warned the coming winter pressure, Brexit and the NHS pension crisis will cause a "perfect storm" for hospitals this winter.


Experts called for & # 39; fast and far-reaching & # 39; government action to set up the NHS for the winter.

The comments came after Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUHT) this week a & # 39; critical incident & # 39; had stated because of the pressure on her emergency services.

Simon Walsh, NUHT's chief employee, said the union's analysis showed that 10,000 extra beds were needed.

He added: & # 39; It is noteworthy that even the CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, recently acknowledged that we need more hospital beds for the winter than last year.

& # 39; The problem, of course, is that trusts do not have the resources or staff to do so, so what is needed is that the government recognizes the extent of the problem and finances these extra beds and staff before it's too late . & # 39;


The BMA launched its health manifesto prior to the general election and urged an increase in health spending of at least 4.1 percent per year.

It has also called for the current pension system – whereby senior doctors reduce their hours to avoid large tax bills – to be scrapped.

The trade union wants the public to have the final say on a Brexit deal and that safe staffing has a legal basis.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, said: “While the NHS is rushing to another monumental busy winter period, we are facing a ticking time bomb where vital shifts may not be filled due to the ongoing pension crisis.

& # 39; We welcome the Ministry of Health and Social Care's commitment to make changes to the NHS retirement plan for senior doctors, but we cannot afford to wait until April for these to be rolled out, given that that the vacancies are high, staff understandably refuses extra shifts and the demand for services is growing. & # 39;

Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: “Frontline doctors confirm what patients tell us every day – the NHS is in a crisis among the Tories and you can't rely on everything they say.

& # 39; Now the waiting lists are at 4.4 million and in the past year more than 600,000 patients languished on trolleys in corridors that could not get a bed after Tory bed cuts of more than 15,000.

& # 39; Ministers must apologize to each patient for this coming winter of misery. & # 39;


Donald Driver in an ambulance on the way to the hospital

Donald Driver in an ambulance on the way to the hospital

Donald Driver in an ambulance on the way to the hospital


A pensioner died after spending six hours in a row of trolleys at A&E.

Donald Driver, 84, was seen by doctors after slipping off a trolley at 12:30 and surrendering – six hours after arriving in an ambulance on the "rammed" unit with his daughter.

Emma Driver said that nurses at Coventry University Hospital & # 39; would not listen, while on 13 October he was complaining in a row of up to 40 trolleys about severe abdominal pain.

He had the same symptoms as a stomach ulcer last year. "It seemed to be a case of," We know best, "said Miss Driver, 31 yesterday. The former nurse, from Tile Hill, Coventry, added: "No one looked at him, no pain relief was given. It was horrible. & # 39;

After the grandfather and the former engineer collapsed, "the nurses helped him get back on the trolley, but when I saw his face, I knew he was gone," Mrs. Driver said.


Coventry and Warwickshire Trust university hospitals offered & # 39; sincere and genuine sympathies & # 39; On.


The worrying waiting times are coming while the country is preparing for a serious flu outbreak in the winter.

So far, nearly 293,000 flu cases have been registered in Australia, with the March outbreak.

Australia's flu season usually starts in May and lasts until October, with their outbreaks normally in August.

For comparison: there were fewer than 230,000 confirmed reports of influenza at the same time – until the end of September – in 2017.


The outbreak of that year was the same as the rise of & # 39; Aussie flu & # 39; after the country was startled by a species that finally reached the UK.

Most of the Australian cases that were confirmed by laboratory tests earlier this summer – 57 percent – were an unknown type of flu A.

Leading experts warned earlier in June that the UK is likely to have an equally bad winter, saying the & # 39; very scary & # 39; is.

The flu season in the UK and the rest of the northern hemisphere usually reflects what happened in the southern hemisphere.

The same strains of the virus circulate in the north for the British flu season, which usually starts in November and lasts until March.

Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers, said at the time: “The peak in flu we see in Australia can be a worrying signal of what is coming this winter for healthcare and healthcare services.

& # 39; Planning for vaccinations is based on what is happening in the southern hemisphere. & # 39; Australia's flu season peaks in July and August.

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