\u201cDr Rosena Allin-Khan(Labour MP) - We now have 130000 vacancies in the NHS... & we have a death rate of up to 500 people a week b/c people cannot access emergency care,,. & that's an indictment of this government's failure to prioritise the NHS...\n\n#BBCBreakfast\u201d
NHS England's Chris Hopson spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live and laid out some of the factors impacting the health service.
He highlighted that almost 4,000 people are in hospital beds with the flu, compared to just 520 a month ago. A further 9,500 patients have Covid compared to less than half the number a few weeks prior.
Towards the last six years of the year, around 9,500 NHS staff were absent due to Covid. There was also an 18 per cent rise in A&E visits.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: "We recognise the pressures the NHS is facing following the impact of the pandemic and are working tirelessly to ensure people get the care they need, backed by up to £14.1 billion additional funding for health and social care over the next two years.
"This winter, the government has provided an extra £500 million to speed up hospital discharge and free up beds – and the NHS is creating the equivalent of at least 7,000 more beds to help reduce A&E waits and get ambulances back on the road.
"We’re supporting and growing the health and social care workforce through training and recruitment campaigns at home and abroad, and there are record numbers of staff working for the NHS, including 9,300 more nurses and almost 4,000 more doctors compared to September 2021."
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