Health Headlines: Ambulance targets, flu and snow

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Ambulance targets – BBC

The government is set to scrap a target requiring ambulances to attend less urgent 999 calls within 19 minutes.
Ambulance response time for less urgent calls faces axe


Flu warning – The Daily Telegraph

Pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses have been urged to get the seasonal flu jab as figures showed cases doubled last week.
Pregnant women urged to have flu jab as disease linked to 17 deaths
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Snow – The Independent

The NHS is preparing for one of its toughest winters in recent memory with pressure on beds from winter viruses, staff cuts and icy weather as it prepares to make unprecedented efficiency savings.
Big freeze could stretch struggling NHS to limits


Hospital productivity – The Guardian

Despite billions of pounds spent on improving NHS hospitals, productivity has fallen by 14% over the past decade, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
NHS productivity 'has fallen every year since 2000'

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