NHS books £886m year-to-date deficit
PharmaTimes ---- According to the regulator, NHS providers are "experiencing one of the most challenging winters on record" due to a huge increase in the demand for urgent and emergency care. It's analysis shows that 5.34 million patients attended providers' A&E units between October and December 2016, which is 200,000 more than at the same period last year, and a 3.5 percent increase in the number of patients requiring major further in-hospital treatment. "This intense demand for emergency treatment coupled with a significant reduction in bed availability has led to providers collectively underperforming against several key national healthcare standards, and having to postpone some planned care," it notes. To learn more about NHS books £886m year-to-date deficit click on the picture below to learn more.