Commenting on the release today of NHS performance data for April, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“Today we have seen frankly appalling performance figures which are going largely unnoticed. The NHS should be embarrassed by them.
“There are massive issues across the health service despite Easter and good weather which should provide relief but instead it has been busiest April ever with the worst performance in just about any urgent metric.
“The “solution” can’t be to ease targets – we urgently need clinically-led reviews of services and engagement from the secretary of state who is today is tweeting about cricket when he really needs to get his eye on the ball.
“The comments today by NHS England on zero tolerance for patients staying longer than six hours in emergency departments are also ill-judged.
“It is fine rhetoric but could cause serious issues for hard-pressed trusts with potentially unstable patients being moved to unsafe areas just to beat a clock.”