Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis in UK hospitals

Charity calls on government to make more funds available as it helps NHS cope with increased demand for health services.

The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” in the British National Health Service (NHS) as it struggles to cope with overcrowding and a lack of resources.

Teams from the medical charity were deployed at a number of hospitals in the East Midlands region of England in early January to alleviate the pressure on local hospitals.

The Red Cross helped transport patients to and from hospitals and its volunteers assisted discharged patients to prepare for recovery at home.

In a statement on Friday, Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson said the government needed to act immediately to “stabilise” the service.

“The British Red Cross is on the front line, responding to the humanitarian crisis in our hospital and ambulance services across the country,” he said.

“We call on the UK government to allocate immediate funding to stabilise the current system and set out plans towards creating a sustainable funding settlement for the future.”

read more here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/red-cross-warns-humanitarian-crisis-uk-hospitals-170107144509535.html

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