NHS England chiefs block hospitals from publicising emergencies

Are you a senior manager in NHS England? Struggling because your overstretched hospitals are declaring ‘black alerts’ and ‘major incidents’? Not willing to risk your baronial salary to stand against government cuts?

Why not: stop your hospitals declaring emergencies!

Health chiefs’ new rules mean hospitals must prevent admissions, cancel routine operations, and even cancel some urgent operations, before they can announce top-level overcrowding status. Even then, all the surrounding trusts must be at ‘red alert’ first.

Problem solved!