Following the Royal College of Physicians’ letter to the Prime Minister regarding the current situation in the NHS, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“The letter dated 10th January 2016 from the office of the president of the Royal College of Physicians of London to the Prime Minister, and co-signed by Council members, represents a significant milestone in highlighting the current crisis in the NHS, especially the crisis in acute care.
“For more than 18 months the Society for Acute Medicine and other medical bodies, including the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, have commented on NHS England performance data. Each month there has been a steady decline. Particularly alarming is the record number of people who are fit to leave acute hospital care but where there is no social care to safely facilitate their discharge.
“The Royal College of Physicians has now taken a significant step by writing to the Prime Minister, providing a reasoned and balanced account of the problems faced by our health service. For nearly 500 years the college has guided physicians, providing leadership and wisdom in times of crisis.
“Universally respected for conducting its business with the utmost dignity and avoiding reactionary statements, the college is acknowledged as providing authoritative and fair opinions on important health matters. The letter to the Rt Hon Theresa May continues this tradition, rightly concluding that we must work together to make things better.
“The intervention of the college at this time reflects the seriousness of the position we have reached. The gravitas of our college and its compulsion to act on this matter must make everyone acknowledge we are living in an extraordinary time in the history of the NHS and that urgent action is now required to make things right again.”