Ambulance Delays Outside Hospitals Are Harming 160,000 Patients, Leaked Report Warns

Patients are dying in hospital without their families because of pressure on NHS services, hospices have told The Independent.

A major care provider has warned that it has seen a “huge shift” in the number of patients referred too late to its services.

The warning comes as NHS England begins a new £32m contract with hospices to help hospitals discharge as many patients as possible this winter.

NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the health service was preparing for an Omicron-driven Covid wave that could be as disruptive as, or even worse than, last winter’s crisis.

Hospices are already dealing with a “huge volume of death and patients needing support”, according to the head of policy at Hospice UK, Dominic Carter.

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He told The Independent that hospices had seen a huge shift in the number of patients referred to their services too late, when they are in a “very serious” state of health.

Ambulance service may be ‘engulfed’ by Omicron crisis as hundreds of staff off sick

Source:The Independent

Ambulance service may be ‘engulfed’ by Omicron crisis as hundreds of staff off sick