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NHS ISSUESWinter pressuresEvery winter, the NHS faces significant pressure, with A&E attendances and emergency admissions up, dangerously high bed occupancy, cancer waiting times growing and 4.3 million people now waiting for treatment (according to the BMA).The pressures of the winter extend across all sectors of the NHS (stats of Winter 2018/19):• A&E waiting times – fail to meet 4 hour target• Ambulance delays• Operation cancellations –• Bed occupancy – these remained at unsafe levels - standard of emergency care falling• Cancer treatment – trusts failed to meet the target of 93% of patients being seen bya cancer specialist within two weeks of an urgent GP referral.• Primary care – 2.23 million waits over 28 days for a GP appointment.• Staff – 4 in 10 NHS staff feeling unwell due to work stress. This will inevitably lead to a fall in staff morale and can compromise patient care.Solutions for winter crisis :• Funding – the continued lack of funding for staff, beds and primary care in

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