Hospitals ‘overcrowded’ ahead of Christmas – BBC News

Hospitals in England are so overcrowded ahead of Christmas care is being put at risk, experts say, with some places having to turn away ambulances because they cannot accept any more patients. NHS England’s first weekly report of the winter shows nearly 95% of beds are occupied. Anything above 85% is unsafe. Experts warned hospitals were in the “red zone” and it was a risk to care. The data for last week showed eight A&Es had diverted ambulance crews elsewhere because they were so busy. And even when ambulances were able to drop patients off, significant numbers were facing delays. ...

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