Even though the worst of the winter is yet to arrive, NHS hospitals are already facing over-crowding, according to the BBC.

Nearly 95% of NHS beds are already occupied despite the target of bed occupancy rising no higher than 85% to allow for emergencies.

Accident & Emergency units are already diverting ambulances due to lack of capacity.

Judging by previous recent winters, the demands on the NHS over the coming months are likely to increase, putting the quality of care at risk.

Last winter, numerous operations had to be cancelled and treatment postponed due to overwhelming demand in comparison with limited capacity and shortage of staff.

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