Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'January happens every year. Why can't the NHS prepare for this?'

New figures show 12 NHS Trust reached 100% occupancy in December

The NHS faces fresh scrutiny after damning bed occupancy figures were revealed

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Julia Hartley-Brewer has asked why the NHS isn't better prepared for the demands of winter, pointing out that "January happens every year."

New figures show that NHS bed occupancy rates reached 93.5% on December 31 and 12 Trusts were running at 100%.

Many have accused the Government of creating the current crisis with funding cutbacks, but our host believes the health service should be better prepared.

Speaking to Roy Lilley, the former boss of an NHS Trust, she said: "January happens every year. I've checked through my past calendars and there's always a January between December and February. And, do you know what, it's always winter in January in the northern hemisphere.

"Why does this come as a huge surprise to the NHS in a way that it doesn't to the health services in France and Germany and Holland. They have cold winters as well."

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