Doctors demand more funds for NHS Scotland to survive

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She said: "Despite the winter pressures-I readily acknowledge the pressure that they put on not just patients but staff-I repeat that the health service in Scotland is the best-performing health service anywhere in the United Kingdom".

In addition, nearly half a million patients called the NHS 111 helpline last week, the highest number ever.

"An average of 10-12 hours from decision to admit a patient until they are transferred to a bed".

He said he was "so fed up of the lies" and claims the NHS is fine that he wanted to go public with his dad's story, adding: "I am lucky it was just the flu and cuts and bruises, as if it was anything else he could have died waiting that long on an ambulance".

"Our primary concern during this period was the safety of patients and the compassion and commitment of staff ensured that the level of patient care remained high through these challenging times".

Meanwhile trusts up and down the country are seeing no let up in pressure in the new year, with some fearing the worst is yet to come. Its chief executive Chris Hopson said: "If we continue to run the NHS at close to 100% capacity, day in day out, permanently in the red zone, it's not surprising that the service can't cope when we get a high, but entirely predictable, spike in demand".

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They also suggest a significant raise in the social care funding to allow more beds to be allocated for acute care of the patients and also removal of the patients who are fit to be discharged from the hospital to make space for the incoming rush of patients.

"During this time pressures on our services led to an unusually large number of A and E breaches".

Patients in need of emergency care during these hours are now taken to hospitals in Bristol and Taunton.

According to figures released by NHS England more than 700 patients waited more than four hours at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) emergency department during December.

"Extra medical and nursing staff were employed in all key areas and extra bed space was opened at Blackpool Victoria Hospital".

Going on to add that the NHS is severely and chronically underfunded and has insufficient resources to deal with an ageing population.

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Tom Wilson, from Newtongrange in Midlothian, lay bleeding for more than three hours as he waited on an ambulance - and then spent 13 hours on a trolley in a corridor in A&E.

Questions have been asked in recent days about low flu immunisation uptake rates for NHS staff, with HPS again urging everyone who is eligible for vaccination to do so.

'The NHS today has launched their national flu programme and I would encourage people to act on the advice that the NHS is giving and also encourage NHS staff who haven't had the flu vaccine yet to have that vaccine'.

Family doctors also saw more than 20,000 patients with flu as the Royal College of Global Positioning System said that cases had "taken off".

Professor Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said at the time: "Cancelling planned surgery is not a sustainable way of dealing with emergency pressures".

It comes as new figures revealed the number of flu cases in Scotland had more than doubled over the past week, leaving them four times higher than the same time a year ago.

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