Following the release today of NHS performance data for July to September by NHS Improvement, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“Today’s report from NHS Improvement and their projected recovery date is very concerning.
“The Society for Acute Medicine has been warning for some time now that pressure in the system has left no room for any extra winter “pressure”.
“There has been a relentless rise in emergency admissions without any significant changes to resource for those looking after these people, which includes no change in bed numbers or staff, both nursing and medical.
“The worry we have is that we appear to again be “sleepwalking into winter” without any real plan on how we cope and a secretary of state distracted both by political issues (Brexit) and his desire to work with IT dreams rather than the pressing needs in our hospitals and communities.
“We yet again ask those responsible to work with us and the medical royal colleges to try to find a way of helping us to care for poorly people over the next months as well as looking after the service’s major resource, its staff.”