Red Cross Declares ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ in NHS Hospitals

The Red Cross has declared an ‘humanitarian crisis’ after being called to help the NHS cope with winter pressures in England. 

The Red Cross state that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand. This comes only days after the deaths of two patients after long waits on trolleys in hospital corridors.

The charity’s chief executive, Mike Adamson, said extra cash was needed for health and social care to make the system sustainable. He explained; ‘The British Red Cross is on the front line, responding to the humanitarian crisis in our hospital and ambulance services across the country. We have been called in to support the NHS and help get people home from hospital and free up much needed beds’.

This news follow the announcement that 2016 has seen the worst A&E waiting times in recent years. Doctors’ leaders say patients could die because of the current chaos engulfing the NHS.

NHS England claims to have worked with the charity over recent winters and this relationship is not something new.

The prime minister acknowledged there were “huge pressures” on the health service and said the government had provided the funding requested. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has not been available to comment on the situation.