Commenting on today’s release of weekly NHS performance data, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“We are seeing a sustained period of exceptionally high demand on a service that is only being kept safe by dedicated staff going beyond all normal limits.
“This is sustainable only for a week or two and we are now entering the third week of this crisis which will not relent for weeks yet even if admission rates reduce such is the crowding in our hospitals.
“The NHS and individual trusts must now give thoughts on how they can help their staff cope and not succumb themselves to illness brought on by exhaustion, which is now a real danger.
“As a specialty which receives the majority of patients admitted from A&Es, I would again call on the government – as I have been for weeks – to agree to talk to our society for our perspective on what is happening on the ground.”