Commenting on the latest NHS performance data (February) released today by NHS England, Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“When the Society for Acute Medicine raised concerns about the continued pressures facing the NHS following the release of the performance data for January, they were dismissed as “patent nonsense” by the Department of Health (DoH).
“Yet a month later, figures for February show A&E performance has dropped to a record low for the second month in a row and other key targets are being missed. We expect that when the March 2016 figures are published things will not be much better.
“The current situation is not sustainable. There are many reasons contributing to the crisis we face and in response we need to find the right solutions.
“The DoH must now recognise this is a crisis.
“An immediate and responsible action would be for the DoH to urgently seek the opinions and advice of those working at the coalface and SAM would greatly value the opportunity to work constructively with the DoH.
“We are under no illusion that the problems we face are complex and that there is no easy solution. However, the time has come to face up to the fact that our patient is sick, a diagnosis is required and a course of treatment and rehabilitation is necessary.”