Commenting on the NHS key statistics briefing paper (May 2018) published by the House of Commons Library, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“This data is essentially a resume of the massive pressure the NHS has been under and must act as a prompt to government and those who organise the NHS into action now.
“It shows 18% of type 1 emergency department patients waited more than four hours in April and these are patients who are ill (i.e. not minors).
“It’s sad that we still have to comment on performance when we should be now planning for the immediate and longer term.”