BMA responds to Prime Minister's interview on winter pressures

By agency reporter
January 7, 2018

Responding to the prime minister's comments on The Andrew Marr Show about winter pressures, British Medical Association council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said, “The Prime Minister appears to be in denial about the scale of the pressure facing the NHS.

"It is astonishing that she claims the NHS was prepared for this winter, when the Government has resorted to cancelling more than 50,000 operations causing misery to patients already having endured long waits for treatment, as well as the reality that 17,000 patients last week were stuck in ambulances queuing outside hospitals waiting to be admitted.

“The Government must acknowledge that the NHS does not currently have the resources nor capacity to meet the needs of patients, and we need an honest debate about the investment and support the NHS needs to deliver safe, high-quality care.

“Politicians must urgently address the need for a long-term plan for the health service. Our NHS remains one of the best health care systems in the world but without action, patients and frontline staff are being condemned to more of the same each winter – longer waiting times, horrendous conditions and in many cases a real risk to patient care.”



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