Performance figures show urgent action is needed to prepare for winter

10 August 2017

 

NHS England has published combined performance figures for June and July 2017.

The figures showed:

Responding to the latest NHS performance figures from NHS England, the head of analysis at NHS Providers, Phillippa Hentsch, said:

“These figures show even at the height of summer, the NHS is working at full stretch.

“Demand is continuing to grow. For example, the number of patients waiting for routine treatment, such as knee and hip operations, has now risen to four million.

“There is clearly an urgent need to put in place additional capacity to cope with the pressures of the coming winter.

There is clearly an urgent need to put in place additional capacity to cope with the pressures of the coming winter.

“The lack of progress in reducing delayed transfers of care (DTOCs) for patients who are ready to move on is particularly worrying, as this leads to longer waits right across the system, including for those who need to be admitted. The increase in DTOCs attributable to social care – especially those waiting for suitable support in their own home – must be addressed.

“We would also have hoped to see some improvement against the four-hour target in A & E compared with last year as this is a clear priority for the NHS.

“The lesson here is that there is simply not enough capacity in the system to assure patient safety in the coming winter. We need an immediate decision on whether trusts will be funded to cover the current capacity gap. We estimate that somewhere between £200 and £350m is required – that must be something we can find within an overall health budget of £124 billion.”

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