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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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Gov't says A&E funding can deal with added pressures

The Department of Health has defended its A&E funding but said it will outline on Tuesday its plans to ensure departments can cope with "additional pressures" this winter.

A statement from the department said the NHS "on the whole" was "performing well" but added: "We know A&E departments are under pressure."

We have given A&E departments an additional £500 million to make sure the best care is available for every patient this winter and the next and have set aside an additional £3.8 billion to help join up health and care services.

On Tuesday we will set out exactly how we will ensure services are equipped to deal with additional pressures this year and outlining longer-term changes for the future.

– Department of Health spokeswoman

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