Latest performance statistics show NHS ‘buckling under strain,’ says NHS Confederation

Nick Ville

In response to NHS England’s monthly performance statistics, Nick Ville, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation said: 

“The NHS is seeing ever-increasing numbers of patients in A&E and is buckling under the strain.

“Despite the best efforts of frontline staff, the number of patients in England treated within target times at A&E reached significant lows.

“Yet we should recognise that this is still an achievement for staff, despite us not meeting the target.

“We need to find a more sustainable way of providing care to an increasingly aging population with ever-more complex needs.

“The new NHS Long Term Plan, with its emphasis on joined-up community care, is good news for patients, who should see some of this intense pressure ease if the plan is implemented well.”

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