Responding to NHS England’s latest winter situation reports, Nick Ville, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation said:
“The NHS remains under intense pressure but patients can breathe a sigh of relief that the service is holding up this winter.
“These figures are an improvement from what we saw in the same week last year.
“However, we should be under no illusion: despite the mild weather, and the endless hard work from staff across the service, the NHS is still under real pressure. A significant number of ambulances are being directed away from packed A&E wards.
“Local services will be fearful of the threat still posed by cold weather, flu and norovirus which could strike anytime.
“In future, patients should see some of this intense pressure ease if the new NHS Long Term Plan, with its emphasis on joined-up community care, is implemented well.”