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Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has been urged to inject more money into the NHS, ‘which can no longer deliver what is required of it’.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has been urged to inject more money into the NHS, ‘which can no longer deliver what is required of it’.

In a letter from NHS Provider, chief executive Chris Hopson highlighted the current pressures in health and cares services, saying ‘it’s now impossible to meet the standards of care set out in the NHS constitution alongside fully recovering performance targets and consistently maintaining high-quality patient care’.

‘Unsustainable pressures’

NHS Confederation has announced a new partnership to produce a comprehensive study into health and care funding.

NHS Confederation has announced a new partnership to produce a comprehensive study into health and care funding.

The body will work with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation (HF) to conduct a 15-year study, which will look at the funding needs of the UK’s health and care system.

‘Intolerable pressures’

A Greater Manchester (GM) hospital has become the first in the country to ban sugary snacks and fizzy drinks.

A Greater Manchester (GM) hospital has become the first in the country to ban sugary snacks and fizzy drinks.

Starting from January, Tameside Hospital’s restaurant will offer only sugar free drinks, including water, tea, coffee and milk, to its staff and visitors.

Karen James, Tameside’s chief executive, said: ‘My staff work very hard. Long hours and shift patterns often make it very difficult for people to make healthy choices, so they opt for the instant sweet fixes, which until today have been readily available.

Jeremy Hunt remains as secretary of state for health and social care with added social care responsibilities

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Jeremy Hunt remains as secretary of state for health but has new added social care responsibilites. 

In today’s (8 January) cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister added an extension to Mr Hunt’s current job title to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which was previously held by Marcus Jones.

New NHS Winter data have revealed that ambulance delays have more than tripled in a week across England.

NHS Winter data have revealed that ambulance delays have more than tripled in a week across England.

From 25 December to 31 December, the number of patients waiting more than 60 minutes to be seen in Accident and Emergency (A&E) rose from 242 to 852.

‘Intolerable pressures’

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said that ‘staff are working at full capacity to deliver the right care, but the pressures are becoming intolerable.’  

Dr Kailash Chand says the NHS crisis was avoidable and must be tackled by understanding the reasons

Dr Kailash Chandsays the NHS crisis was avoidable and must be tackled by understanding the reasons

Waiting times and access to treatments are at the worst levels since the inception of the NHS. In August, the number of patients waiting for treatment hit four million. More than five million people will soon be on NHS waiting lists unless the health service receives urgent funding, says Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.