New figures show pressures on the NHS continue to grow

09 June 2017

 

NHS England has published the monthly performance statistics for April. They show trusts are continuing to respond to growing pressures, but there are further signs that they are struggling to cope.

Demand for services continues to grow:

The NHS is doing all it can to respond to these pressures:

However there are worrying signs that the system is struggling to cope:

Responding to the figures, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:

“These figures show there has been no respite for the NHS. The concerns about the ability of the health service to respond to growing demand – which became so pressing during the winter – are still with us.

We need urgent decisions to ensure the NHS has the capacity to deal with the coming winter, and beyond that, to respond to longer term pressures.

“It is clear that trusts are continuing to do all they can. But it is equally clear the situation is unsustainable.

“Despite political uncertainty, we need urgent decisions to ensure the NHS has the capacity to deal with the coming winter, and beyond that, to respond to longer term pressures.”

 

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