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Challenging Times

Posted by: Elizabeth Taylor 4 Jan 18  | Blogs

It is winter, and our beloved NHS is in the media spotlight once again.

In a week when the BBC reported: Tens of thousands of non-urgent operations were cancelled; Thousands of patients faced waits of more than 30 minutes during the festive period – Has the NHS reached breaking point?

Those of us who work in the NHS will be acutely aware winter is a particularly challenging time of year and this can be put down many factors including; increased demand, more complex and acute admissions, the closure of wards due to sickness and of course staffing shortages.

What will be the first to break? Staff, patients or the NHS as a functioning institution? Can our health service ever be fixed? And is there a solution out there?


It is an extremely challenging time to work in the NHS, and it appears to be one of the toughest. Simply being able to carry out our jobs and deliver the high standards of care that have come to be expected from us is proving extremely difficult.

A recent BBC Radio 5 Live interview reported live from a busy A&E department and heard from Nurses, doctors and other concerned healthcare professionals who felt they were putting patients at risk due to this increased demand and lack of facilities, others interviewed likened conditions this winter to those of third-world countries.

Our own nurses and practitioners are doing a fantastic job in settings throughout the UK supporting services where staffing levels are critically low and enabling many vital services to remain open and patients to be seen and treated.

So, is there a solution out there? Will the NHS begin to improve? The ‘planning ahead’ doesn’t yet seem to have had a positive effect on reducing pressures this year. With promises of Better times ahead whatever setting we work in, whether it be acute or community nursing, the only way we can make a difference is to carry on doing our jobs to the best of our abilities.

We will continue to support services providing both highly skilled practitioners and innovative solutions to ensure we do what we can to ensure patients are prioritised and receive the best care possible. We will continue to believe that our NHS delivers the best care in the world.


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