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03 November 2017

President of the Royal College of Physicians Professor Jane Dacre has today issued guidance for mitigation of winter pressures in the NHS. Aimed at Chief Executives and Medical Directors of NHS trusts, the guidance covers improvement of delivery of care and patient flow, protection of the wellbeing of the workforce, and reduction of unnecessary hospital occupancy.

Professor Dacre has expressed concern over the impact that the likely increase in admissions will have on patients and clinical staff:

“As winter approaches, the media is full of concerns that the NHS is headed for a crisis. But for health and social care providers, we know the reality is a worrying picture all year round. The NHS remains Underfunded, underdoctored, overstretched, and together we deal with the impact every day.

Our 2016/17 census found that 55% of consultants frequently or often have a trainee gap in their rota. But three quarters of them said they could usually find a workaround solution.

When it comes to patient safety, we shouldn't have to work around low staff numbers and inadequate funding. We will continue to talk to government about our four-point plan, making the case for investing in the NHS workforce, health and social care services, and public health.”

Source: Royal College of Physicians

Link: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/preparing-winter

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