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Operational update from the NHS national emergency pressures panel

 

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Operational update from the NHS national emergency pressures panel

The national emergency pressures panel (NEPP) met for the second time this week chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.

The panel noted that the NHS has been under sustained pressure over the Christmas period with high levels of respiratory illness, bed occupancy levels giving limited capacity to deal with demand surges, early indications of increasing flu prevalence and some reports suggesting a rise in the severity of illness among patients arriving at A&Es.

They made a series of recommendations to help hospitals handle the sustained pressure and activating the new NHS’s winter pressures protocol.