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Hunt to address NHS conference

Jeremy Hunt will speak at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool today - where on Wednesday delegates heard their boss call for fewer hospital beds and more GP surgeries as a way of dealing with the rise in demand for emergency services.

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Accident and emergency system at 'a tipping point'

Pressure on accident and emergency departments looks likely to increase, with the majority of NHS trusts expecting the coming winter to be worse than the last.

More than seven out of 10 trusts believe the accident and emergency system is at a "tipping point", a poll for the Foundation Trust Network (FTN), which represents more than 200 health trusts in England, has shown.

The survey, of 100 FTN members, showed six out of 10 trusts expect the coming winter to be worse than 2012/13.

Most trusts, at 62 percent, said increasing demand played a part in the pressures on A&E departments.

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