1/3 hospitals 'at bursting point'

New figures show NHS hospitals hit bursting point last month; with 10% saying they were full every night during January, whilst a third were full for at least one day a month, according to NHS performance watchdog Dr Foster.

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Hospital services 'begin to be affected' as occupancy figures soar

The part government-owned NHS performance watchdog Dr Foster said last month that hospitals were "full to bursting" as bed occupancy figures topped 85 percent.

Patient care and the smooth running of a hospital's service begin to be affected at this level, according to the report.

Last month, 95% of beds were occupied on average across the country.

Read: More on the figures which claim a third of hospitals hit "bursting point" last month.

Figures reveal NHS beds full throughout January

New NHS bed occupancy statistics reveal that nearly ten percent of hospitals filled all standard and emergency beds throughout each day in January.

A third of hospitals were also full on at least one day during the month, with one in six hospitals hitting capacity on the single busiest day for the NHS.

The figures also claim a third of hospitals hit "bursting point" last month. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hospitals were forced to operate above recommended levels and introduce a ‘one-in-one-out’ policy.

The figures have been released by Labour from the Government's NHS performance watchdog Dr Foster.


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