Responding to the winter warning update by NHS Providers, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said:
“This sombre report reflects the enormous pressure currently being faced by the NHS in England. As it makes clear, NHS trusts are likely to struggle this winter - the truth is that the whole system, including those who commission care, as well as those who provide both health and care services are facing very difficult choices.
“Last year the NHS managed incredibly well but we cannot continue just to rely on a hope that viruses will not wreak havoc, that the weather will be clement and that staff commitment will get us through.
“We will continue to push the government for a comprehensive review looking at which services are needed, where they are needed, how much they will cost, and how they will be funded.
“As summer fades, the prospect of another difficult winter looms. The challenge lies not just in hospitals - we have shortages of community nurses, GPs, social care services and nursing home places, all of which are vital in taking pressure off the hospitals.”
Notes to editors:
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