- Created: Thursday, 26 April 2018 12:29
- Written by Robert Clough
The winter crisis in the NHS has continued into the spring. Bed occupancy rates were at their highest levels in February, surpassing the 95% of December 2017. Waiting times in A&E were the longest since records began as were trolley waits for patients requiring a bed. One hospital reported the death of a man who had sat in a chair awaiting admission because all the A&E trolleys were in use. Conditions of work continue to deteriorate. More and more hospitals have been setting up private companies to employ non-clinical staff in a VAT scam which will mean new staff will be denied nationally-agreed salary levels. NHS unions had offered no effective opposition to this development, and now they are being presented with a pay offer which will amount to a further pay cut over the next three years. Robert Clough reports.