The winter crisis in the NHS is only set to get worse, as doctors across the UK continually express their concern about keeping patients safe under such pressured conditions. Bed pressures, compounded by a lack of social care, are leading to longer waits in A&E, with more patients waiting over 12 hours for a bed. This dire situation has meant that now urgent operations, including for cancer, are being cancelled. Dr Jenny Vaughan DAUK’s Law and Policy Lead speaks to BBC Newsnight.
Figures released by NHS England show just 70.6% of people arriving at A&Es run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust in December waited less than four hours. Dr Rinesh Parmar, Chair of The Doctors’ Association UK spoke to The Chronicle.
NHS England figures release today show that A&E performance is at record low in England. In December, just 79.8% of patients were seen in the Emergency Department within 4 hours, down from 81.4% the month before. This comes following revelations last month that for the first time every major A&E department had failed to hit it’s four hour waiting target in England.