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A shift in A&E on New Year’s Eve showed me the historic scale of this winter crisis

As a doctor, I know how challenging these past weeks have been—and that there is another way

By Rosena Allin-Khan  

Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images

When you look around an accident and emergency department, everything is on display: people’s pain, fear, courage and hope; the unfailing dedication and expertise of the staff who work there; and yes—the challenges facing the NHS.

From hospitals across the country we’ve heard that this winter crisis is not a surface issue or a temporary one. The symptoms are all connected and multiply into new problems. You don’t see it in statistics alone. But you do see it in A&E departments. I am a…

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