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Labour: Draft in ex-nurses to ease NHS burden

Labour would draft in former nurses to help ease the burden on accident and emergency departments, Ed Miliband has said.

GPs could also be installed in hospitals to cool pressure on the straining service, the Labour leader added.

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Scotland A&E units 'under considerable pressure'

Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA Wire

A&E departments are under "considerable pressure" in Scotland this winter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has admitted.

She said winter bugs, festive GP closures and the pressure from an ageing population had made it a busy period for A&E staff.

It comes as more operations were postponed at hospitals across Scotland today due to high levels of demand.

NHS Grampian said 45 planned procedures were postponed at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary today which would be rearranged as soon as possible.

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