Money’s too tight to mention

Winter is always a challenge for the NHS. However, media coverage can give the impression that it is all down to the volume of emergency patient admissions and the number of staff present to look after them.

In fact, the problem can be more accurately ascribed to patient flow into and out of the acute setting. Regional Business Director Julie Coope writes in the HSJ about the challenges of managing patient flow on ever tighter budgets in English hospitals.