Following the announcement of secretary of state for health and social care Jeremy Hunt’s priorities for the upcoming long term plan for the NHS reported today by the Health Service Journal, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“We thank the health secretary for his candour in saying that we cannot face another winter like this and simply asking staff to work harder is not the answer.
“He says we need to transform the way the NHS works to ease pressure on the frontline over winter.
“However, we are sceptical that a 10-year plan will be feasible and viable and are very wary of the “transformation plans” currently on the table.
“Without radical short-term planning, we will continue to see the struggles faced over the past year and the government must work with frontline staff to tackle these urgently.”