NHS in crisis as waiting times increase

Labour say David Cameron is to blame for this winter's A&E crisis - and insist new figures show how bad it has been.

They say there have been 1,042 ambulances in queues per day compared to 609 last winter (up 71%) and the number of NHS beds unavailable due to delayed transfers of care is up by 26 per cent (from 140,592 to 178,468).

Two hundred operations are cancelled each day and waiting times are rising across the board, according to an authoritative report which warns that the NHS is now in critical condition.

Patients face even longer waits as many hospitals predict they will run out of money within months, with problems spreading well beyond accident and emergency units.

As the latest A&E figures for England are published, we take a snapshot around the country to see how the nations are coping.

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What's the right balance when being out in the sun?

NICE is consulting on draft recommendations to help people strike the right balance when it comes to being out in the sun.

Communicating the benefits and risks of sunlight exposure to the general public is contentious because exposing the skin too much time in the sun (ultraviolet light) is a risk of skin cancer; too little can lead to vitamin D deficiency.

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Are women at greater risk of a heart attack?

Women are at a much greater risk of suffering a heart attack than men because doctors aren't using the right tests to diagnose them properly the British Heart Foundation says.

Heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer and women are three times more likely to die of a heart attack than breast cancer. Now the British Heart Foundation is urging hospitals to adopt a much more sensitive test which can pick up problems in women more quickly and accurately.

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Told to choose which of my babies should live

We call them our miracles... they are our miracles.

– Mum Carmelle Hartgrove on her twins beating the odds

It was a dilemma no mum should face - the excitement of expecting twins followed by the horror of having to choose which one should live. Faced with this terrible decision after doctors said that both babies could die if she didn't choose one of them, 31-year-old Carmelle Hartgrove decided to leave it to fate and was rewarded with two gorgeous healthy little girls.

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'It's been amazingly therapeutic for me'

We thought that I would be fine but I have the gene.

– Claira Hermet

A woman who lost both her sister and mother to breast cancer has held a party to say goodbye to her breasts, after taking the decision to have a double mastectomy.

TV and Radio presenter Claira Hermet carries the faulty BRCA1 gene that predisposes her to the disease.

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'Join with us in making this absolute commitment'

We would ensure that spending on the health service grows in line with spending on the economy.

– Health minister Norman Lamb

More nurses with the right skills are needed to meet the needs of A&E units across the country, according to a report out today.

As hospitals struggle to cope with increased demand, the health watchdog NICE says two qualified nurses for each patient should be the norm.

Health Minister Norman Lamb joins us live from Norwich. He appealed to the other parties saying 'Join with us in making this absolute commitment to the NHS'

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Number of accident and emergency visits soar

The number of Accident and Emergency visits in England has soared by more than 400,000 in 2014, figures show. The College of Emergency Medicine said that was the equivalent of filling an extra nine emergency departments.

The Health Select Committee has been taking evidence after the worst waiting times in A&E for a decade and many hospitals declaring "major incidents" and today the House of Lords will be debating the state of the NHS.

Dr Hilary joins us to discuss the matter.

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