NHS Chief Tells Hospitals To Brace Themselves For Winter After Heavy Flu Outbreak In Australia

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By Paul Gallagher in iNews.

 

Hospitals should brace themselves for a “pressurised” flu season this winter, the head of the NHS has warned. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said there had been a “heavy flu outbreak” in the Southern Hemisphere during its winter where hospitals in Australia and New Zealand struggled to cope Mr Stevens told the Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 in Manchester the NHS was reviewing the situation in the countries, where hospitals were forced to close their doors to new patients and people faced long waiting times.

“For the next three, four, five months, the top priority for every (NHS) leader, every part of the NHS, is ensuring that the NHS goes into winter in as strong a position as possible,” he said.

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