Latest NHS winter figures are encouraging but ‘toughest days may well come later’, says NHS Confederation

Danny Mortimer

Responding to NHS England’s latest winter situation reports, Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:

“The NHS has delivered significant improvements on last year’s performance and that’s welcome news for patients and the public. But the NHS is not yet in the clear as the toughest days often come later in the winter when severe cold weather, flu and norovirus can strike.

“We have yet to experience the same pressure as last year but it’s clear the NHS is in better shape this winter to respond. This is a tribute to the hard work of staff and the robust planning that has gone into preparing front-line services for this winter.

“Ambulance delays and bed occupancy rates are both down, while we have seen far fewer A&Es diverting patients. This is very encouraging but our members tell us that the toughest days may well come later in the winter so they will be prepared for this.”

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