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NHS: the government has yet again failed to prepare for winter

Patients will not forgive a re-run of last winter’s horror show

A poll by the Royal College of Physicians recently found that over half of doctors feel worried about the ability of their hospital to deliver safe patient care in the coming months. A mere 17 per cent of doctors were confident about preparations for the increased pressures that winter will place on the NHS.

If this all sounds troublingly familiar, it is. Last year saw the worst winter crisis ever recorded. It culminated in A&E consultants facing “disaster zones” with wards “bursting at the seams.” In total, 185,000 vulnerable and elderly…

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