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A&E staff face 'breaking point'

Prolonged wintry conditions or another outbreak of norovirus will see A&E departments across the country reach "breaking point". The warning from NHS leaders came as surveyed medics, nurses and voters all claimed patients are at an increasing risk.

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65% of voters blame cuts for apparent A&E failings

Two thirds of voters believe there is a crisis in A&E departments and patients are being put at risk, according to a survey by Survation, which found:

  • 65% blamed Government cuts for any staff shortages and poor levels of care
  • 75% said doctors and nurses were doing their best while being overworked
  • 65% said consultants should be forced to work weekends and nights to ease the crisis
  • 43% backed pay cuts for any who refuse

Professor Keith Willett, the doctor leading the emergency services reform, warned that up to 6.5 million people a year are wrongly going to A&E when they could be treated by GPs, paramedics or even chemists.

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