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NHS in a serious situation, says Christian Medical Fellowship

The comments come after the Red Cross described the situation as a "humanitarian crisis" because of the lack of beds on some wards and care for patients outside of hospitals.

Speaking on the Premier News Hour, Steve Fouch said the evidence presented by a number of NHS Trusts across the country proved that pressure was mounting on the health care provider.

Fouch said: "In addition to one third of trusts having said that they are in an emergency situation over the last few months, we are hearing about 140 incidents in December alone of hospitals having to close their doors to emergency admissions because they are at maximum occupancy for beds.

"[There is a] huge amount of pressure at the moment for a whole host of reasons and a lot of experts working in the field are saying that this is worse than they have seen in many years."

Fouch added that although the situation in the UK is incomparable to humanitarian crises in places such as Lebanon where they are dealing with a growing number of refugees in need of medical assistance, he said "In many places this is a serious situation which is affecting a lot of individuals who are not getting the help and care they need."

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt appeared on ITV this morning to deny that there was a crisis in the NHS and claimed the service was coping better than last year.

He told the presenters of Good Morning Britain: "This is the most difficult time for the NHS in the year. It always is very difficult after the Christmas period when GP surgeries are not open over the actual days of Christmas and then they reopen and a lot of people get sent to hospital."

Fouch added that although the choice to describe the situation as a "humanitarian crisis" by the Red Cross may seem like a strong choice of label, it "flags up the issue that something is under a lot of strain in the NHS at the moment".

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