As reported in The Press.
York Hospital’s boss says the growing pressures facing his organisation are a symptom of a national problem – made worse by North Yorkshire’s fast growing elderly population.
Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, claims the difficulties cannot be attributed to a failure of hospital management and clinical services.
Mr Crowley has written to The Press after we reported this week that the hospital was close to crisis, with some patients facing 12-hour waits in A&E, a ward closed with norovirus, an exceptionally busy eight days and almost 200 more patients than expected at the emergency department.
He said: “The situation described in the article is a symptom of what is happening nationally. This is not in itself about A&E but how the health and social care system functions overall.”
He said the whole system was under stress due to a tangible lack of resources, difficulty with recruitment, and growing and changing demand.
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