A&E departments may face 'breaking point' this winter

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said David Cameron needed to "get a grip" on the real issues behind the problems in A&E departments. Credit: Ryan Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Prolonged wintry conditions or another outbreak of norovirus will see A&E departments across the country reach "breaking point", NHS leaders have warned.

The emergency care system has come under intense and increasing pressure in recent years, with over a million more people attending emergency departments compared to 2010.

Labour has accused the Government of leaving A&E departments "on the brink of a serious crisis", a claim apparently supported by a series of separate surveys of leading medics, nurses and voters that suggested patients are at an increasing risk.

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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.