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Letters NHS winter planning

Winter planning: tackle workforce strain in urgent and emergency care

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 22 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2186
  1. Rahul Aggarwal, final year medical student
  1. Guy’s, King’s, and St Thomas’ Medical School, Guy’s Campus, London, UK
  1. rahulaggarwal1998{at}

Iacobucci’s article highlights NHS plans to prepare for the winter and tackle urgent and emergency care (UEC) challenges. The plans fail, however, to confront the impact these measures might have on the already strained workforce.1

For several years the NHS has grappled with chronic staffing problems, exacerbated by escalating sickness absence rates among UEC staff. While the UEC delivery …

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