Winter pressure in accident and emergency departments

 The House of Commons health committee has published Winter pressure in accident and emergency departments Third Report of Session 2016–17.

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This report is calling on the Government to make sure that sufficient funding is available to support the infrastructure investment required to ensure that type 1 emergency departments are fit for purpose, and to review the real terms cuts to NHS capital budgets in the spending review.

The Committee is also asking for NHS Improvement to consider the steps that it can take this winter to ensure that all A&E departments are properly staffed and for Health Education England to look again at the long term sustainability of staffing, including for paramedics, within major emergency departments and the ambulance service.

The Health Committee report also calls for the  Government to urgently  address the underfunding of adult social care to relieve pressure on A&E departments.

Additional link: Kings Fund press release

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