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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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Hunt: Avoiding long waits in A&E is 'very, very tough'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned A&E units are unlikely to be able to avoid more long waits this winter despite a £500 million Government bailout that was designed to ease pressures.

Mr Hunt said he was determined to ensure hospitals met targets and was taking action to support front line services facing unprecedented patient numbers.

It is going to be very, very tough. But we can get through this winter. It is entirely possible to meet A&E targets, and I am determined we should.

A lot of things are happening to give support to the front line. But that's not to say we are not worried about it, because it is going to be very tough, and we understand that.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, speaking to Sky News

Prime Minister David Cameron last month announced a two-year funding boost, which includes £15 million for the troubled 111 phone service.

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