NHS England accused of hiding hospitals’ winter crisis alert figures

Opposition MPs accuse government of covering up ‘evidence that the NHS is under unsustainable pressure’

NHS bosses have been accused of unacceptable secrecy after deciding no longer to reveal how many hospitals come under such pressure during winter that they have to declare an alert.

NHS England will not publish this winter’s figures for the number of trusts forced to issue an alert under the operational pressures escalation levels (Opel) framework system.

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