Following health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech earlier today at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“It is very laudable to hear the health secretary announce a large increase in medical school places and repeat the government’s vision for a fully-functioning seven-day NHS.
“But I am in some disbelief about the failure to acknowledge the crisis in social care and delayed discharges and an action plan to prevent it derailing the health service.
“Mr Hunt talks about preparing the NHS for the future and this is at the core of the issues facing the NHS – the dangers are real but planning and action at the top seems to be lacking.
“If we are unable to discharge patients and release pressure on our emergency departments and acute medical units at the front door, the system will grind to a halt.”