In response to NHS England’s winter situation report, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Despite huge demands on local services, the NHS has again managed to deliver some real improvements to patients and the public compared to this time last winter. Ambulance delays of 30-60 minutes are down, as are bed occupancy rates – these again show the benefits of the hard work that NHS staff have put into preparing for winter.
“But this is not a signal to get out the bunting, the threat of winter still remains and some areas of the country are struggling, with several dozen A&E diverts, ambulances struggling to meet demand and beds closed due to novovirus.
“If the NHS is going to tackle winter pressures properly and meet its targets, there can’t be any area left behind. We need to share learning and best practice from places that are succeeding – and ensure that local systems that are struggling get the support they need.”