UK hospitals expecting ‘mayhem’ when cold snap hits, top doctor says

Staffing problems and a spike in flu could mean ‘severe difficulties’ for NHS, says Dr Nick Scriven

Hospitals will be hit by “mayhem” this weekend because of the coming cold snap, a growing number of people with flu and the NHS’s staffing problems, a leading doctor has warned.

Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said hospitals will face “severe difficulties” this weekend as lower temperatures lead to a surge in patients needing care.

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