Patient delays in ambulances symptom of intolerable NHS pressure

Niall Dickson

Responding to Labour ambulance figures Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

“Patients facing delays in the back of ambulances may be a symptom of overstretched A&Es and could be a risk to care.

The latest NHS performance figures show a service under intolerable pressure as we head into winter – in just about every area, the demand for NHS care and treatment is rising.

“Health leaders say workforce gaps, the growing social care crisis and historic underinvestment are the biggest threats to improving care for patients and transforming services, and each of these issues needs attention by the incoming government.”

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