Update from NHS National Emergency Pressure Panel
NHS England has issued guidance in line with the new Winter Pressures Protocol. The guidance, which is issued to hospitals, extends the deferral of all non-urgent inpatient elective care to free up capacity for the sickest patients to January 31. The panel reiterated that cancer operations and time-critical procedures should go ahead as planned. Over and above this, day-case procedures and routine outpatient appointments should also be deferred where this will release clinical time for non-elective care.
Read the official letter from Pauline Philip, National Director, Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement to systems, and the press statement from the National Emergency Pressure Panel which was issued to media.