In response to NHS England’s monthly performance statistics, Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation said:
“These statistics are further proof that, despite treating more patients than ever before, the NHS is being overwhelmed.
“Hospitals and other local services are facing huge increases in demand at a time of constrained funding and 100,000 staff vacancies. Despite local NHS trusts working harder and more effectively than ever, we are seeing far higher A&E attendances and admissions than at the same point last year.
“NHS staff are being placed under considerable pressure and everyone knows this cannot go on. We need to find a more sustainable way of providing care to a growing and ageing population.
“The leadership of the NHS recognises this and the Long Term Plan, with its emphasis on joined-up community care, should help us take a major step forward in improving patient care and relieving pressure on staff at the frontline.”