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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt denies Red Cross claim of NHS humanitarian crisis

Jeremy Hunt has rejected the British Red Cross’s description of a humanitarian crisis in emergency NHS care, arguing that most hospitals are coping better this winter than they did last year.

The health secretary – who plans to make a statement to the House of Commons on the NHS later on Monday – said while it was “totally unacceptable” for patients to be left on trolleys for hours, the situation was improving.

Mike Adamson, the chief executive of the British Red Cross, reiterated his charity’s description of the situation on Monday, saying his staff were helping out in 20 A&E departments.

“We see people discharged from hospital to chaotic situations at home, falling and not being found for hours, not being washed because there is no carer to help them,” he wrote in an article for The Times.

 

“These are people in crisis and in recent weeks we have started talking about this as a humanitarian crisis. We don’t say this lightly and we have a duty to say it,” he said.

Read more in The Guardian.

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