Targets set for English hospitals will be “impossible” to reach

TARGETS set for English hospitals will be “impossible” to reach and may result in hefty fines.

The directive to return non-emergency operations to near-normal levels by the end of this month, released by NHS England in August was met with widespread criticism and deemed as “mad, wrong and unfair” by NHS trust bosses.

And now, if hospitals fail to reach targets at the end of the month, they will face large fines.

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts in England, is urgently asking NHS England to reconsider the financial penalties in light of the recent surge in positive COVID-19 infections.

An NHS trust chair told the Guardian: “The target is to hit 90% of previous activity by October, which is really, really demanding given everything else that’s going on, and social distancing just makes it impossible. It’s going to be a real challenge and it’s punishing those that are struggling anyway.

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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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