NHS needs 10,000 extra hospital beds this winter to keep patients safe, BMA warns

The NHS has been warned it needs 10,000 additional hospital beds this winter in order to keep patients safe.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said the approaching winter period “could be the worst on record” for emergency departments, which are predicted to see an increase in patients and longer waiting times.  New analysis from the doctors’ union suggests between January and March next year, the total number of emergency hospital admissions will rise to more than 1.6 million from 1.5 million this year.

Full story in The Independent, 5 December 2018