Health secretary ‘needs to face up to realities’ – SAM past president

Following the release today of NHS performance data for November which showed 81.4% of A&E patients were seen within four hours last month, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “In November emergency department figures fell to 81% with my expectation it will be far worse this month bearing in mind the mentioned viruses did not really have effect until December.

“While the Conservatives bask in the glory of an election win, the Secretary of State for Health now needs to face up to the realities of the warnings clinicians have been given for far too long and make an effort to engage and work towards a resolution.

“We have written to Mr Hancock twice outlining our concerns over the past two years but he has failed to engage with us.

“We are now calling for action to ensure the Department of Health and Social Care and the NHS take steps to support staff over what what be an extremely stressful winter.”