Hospitals have been urged to brace themselves this winter season, as other countries have struggled to cope with an outbreak of flu. Some hospitals in Australia have had to close their doors to patients as they have struggled to cope.
The NHS will have to do a great deal of work over the next 2 months to ensure everything is in place to deal with the winter ahead.
GP services will be put under pressure trying to cope with the high demand of flu vaccinations, while hospitals will have to find extra beds.
The reality is that extra funding is needed to help with the existing pressures. It would help to free up extra bed capacity in hospitals, help to recruit more doctors, nurses and care home staff during winter pressures.