Overburdened NHS faces ‘winter of woe’, leading doctors warn

Experts say official ‘bed blocking’ figures for England show hospitals would struggle to cope with a serious flu outbreak

Full hospitals mean the NHS is facing “a winter of woe”, leading doctors have warned, after official figures released on Thursday again showed the service struggling to cope with the growing demand for care.

A total of 181,692 bed days were lost in hospitals in England in July to “delayed transfers of care”, when patients are fit to leave but cannot be safely discharged.

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