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Why hospital services need to change

Demand is increasing for reasons such as:

  • The population is ageing
  • More people have multiple long term conditions
  • More of us have unhealthy lifestyles

  • Because there is a shortage of staff in a number of areas of hospital care, it’s a challenge to provide safe and effective care, and to offer services seven days a week

    All of this means there can be delays in treatment, so people spend longer in hospital than they should, which means the hospital doesn’t always have enough capacity to admit people for their planned operations, resulting in cancellations and longer waiting times.

    So we need to change how we organise how we provide services, so that we’re providing safe, effective and timely care, create a better working environment for our staff, in a sustainable way.

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