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Surgery waits another ‘damning indictment’ of NHS crisis, says SAM president

Statement regarding NHS performance data released today by NHS England which shows the number of patients waiting for surgery is at its highest level since 2007.

Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“This shocking figure is another damning indictment of the crisis we are experiencing in the NHS and is another example of how every unresolved problem impacts on another area.

“Everything is interlinked – a delayed discharge in a patient waiting for social care deprives a surgical patient of their bed.

“It is a fact that the NHS has less beds than other health economies and it is a fact that we have a workforce crisis. We need these problems to be addressed and to do this we need a proper strategic plan.

“I anticipate that today we will hear the usual defence rhetoric when the truth is that one of the richest nations on the planet is consistently failing to deliver care in line with its own standard.

“Until we see an a genuine acknowledgement that we are facing a crisis, we will never create a sustainable future for the NHS.”

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