Commenting in response to the latest NHS performance statistics, published today by NHS England/Improvement, Nick Ville, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said:
“These figures show the NHS continues to come under huge pressure, with a concerning rise in the number of people delayed in hospitals because they are waiting for another service.
“Given the extreme pressure on front line services, it is unsurprising that the number of people waiting for more than four hours in A&E has increased by more than 50 per cent compared to May last year.
“But we must put this in context, as these figures also show more people are being seen within four hours in A&E, and NHS staff are dealing with record demand among the public.
“Staff continue to do all they can for patients and service users, but they are under intense strain and they need help. With 100,000 staff vacancies and a difficult working environment, there is much to do to support front-line staff.
“The recently published interim NHS People Plan is a good start and will go some way towards addressing the severe workforce shortage the NHS is facing. But this needs to be backed up with funding in the next spending review and should be a priority for the next Prime Minister.”