Worrying signs that pressures are likely to intensify this winter

10 October 2019

Responding to the latest monthly performance figures from NHS England/Improvement, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“These figures show just how much pressure trusts are under, and how hard staff are working to see and treat patients. Hospitals are attending to more people in A&E within four hours and carrying out more diagnostic tests than at this point last year.

Hospitals are attending to more people in A&E within four hours and carrying out more diagnostic tests than at this point last year.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“But demand is increasing at a worrying rate, with 7% more A&E attendances than last September, leading to further slippage in performance against the waiting time standard.

“Surges in demand in urgent and emergency care have a knock-on effect on the health and care system, in and outside of hospital settings. This month we saw more patients waiting longer than ever before for routine operations and for urgent suspected cancer referrals by GPs, and the waiting list for planned care is at its greatest size in over a decade.

Despite trusts working incredibly hard to prepare and keep patients safe, there is a strong likelihood that these pressures will intensify across the health and care system this winter with patients waiting longer for the treatment they need.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“Despite trusts working incredibly hard to prepare and keep patients safe, there is a strong likelihood that these pressures will intensify across the health and care system this winter with patients waiting longer for the treatment they need.”

 

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