Responding to the latest NHS England performance figures, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“This is deeply troubling. Hospitals are now having to operate at unsafe levels - several are at full bed capacity and a third are operating above 97 per cent bed occupancy.
“A&E departments are struggling too, with even fewer patients able to be seen within four hours.
“On the frontline, staff are under incredible pressure, treating more patients than ever. But they cannot work miracles.
“The cold, hard reality is that the NHS cannot keep pace with demand. These figures suggest we could be heading for one of the bleakest winters yet.
“The long-term plan for England is expected next week. Its message must be focused on new services in the community which will relieve overstretched hospitals
“Patients deserve to be treated at the right time and in the right place and that is not currently happening.”
Notes to editors:
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