BMA responds to latest NHS England winter operational figures

By agency reporter
March 15, 2019

Commenting on the latest winter operational figures from NHS England, Dr Simon Walsh, BMA emergency medicine lead, consultant committee said: “Despite a relatively mild winter so far, the fact that nearly two million patients attended an Emergency Department in February – a hundred and thirty thousand more than a year ago – shows that demand is relentless and that the NHS is truly in crisis.

"Doctors and nursing staff are struggling to cope each day and the news that, for the second month in a row, the four-hour target is at an historic low, while the number of patients having to wait four or more hours on hospital trolleys – almost 72,000, is also stark evidence of an NHS in ever-deepening decline.

“Patients being referred for planned or elective treatment are now having to wait two months, which often leads to a worsening of their condition. This is in turn adding to the workload of those who will care for them and often to a longer stay in hospital.

“It’s difficult to imagine the NHS in a much worse state, let alone the stress and appalling toll being taken on the health and wellbeing of both patients and doctors. It is hard to see how some of the ambitions contained in the government’s Long-term plan for the NHS can be realised unless the crisis in the NHS is addressed immediately and decisively. Patients and hard-pressed hospital doctors deserve so much more before lives are put at even more risk.”

* British Medical Association https://www.bma.org.uk/

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