Urgent decisions on capacity needed as figures show NHS under sustained pressure

13 July 2017

 

NHS England has published combined performance figures for May 2017.

The figures showed:  

 

The director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“The figures for May show that health and care services remain under sustained pressure.

“Last month we saw a fall in delayed transfers of care however this welcome progress appears to have stalled. If we are going to reduce this number significantly by September and put ourselves in a better position for next winter, we must do better. 

If we are going to reduce this number significantly by September and put ourselves in a better position for next winter, we must do better.

“These figures should be seen in the context of the demand for services. We are now regularly seeing more than 2million patients attend A&E each month, while for only the second time we have seen emergency admissions rise beyond half a million. In elective care, despite carrying out more diagnostic tests than ever, the number of patients waiting longer than six weeks for these tests is at its highest since January 2016.

“It is clear we need urgent decisions on how we will ensure the NHS has the capacity to deal with the coming winter.”

 

 

   

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