NHS entering autumn “in worse state than ever before” – SAM president

Following the release today of NHS performance data for August, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The NHS is entering autumn in a worse state than ever before.

“There has been no apparent planning with the total focus on Brexit to the exclusion of all other.

“Current performance shows activity through summer has been higher than any previous summer – there has been no respite and there will come a breaking point.

“There has been is no increase in beds available across the NHS and no reversal of the decline in numbers over the last decades.

“Last winter had no extraneous factors with relatively little flu and no real prolonged severe weather – if either or both of those occur this year it will cause havoc.

“I have written to the health secretary and prime minister outlining my concerns and am yet to receive a response, which seems indicative of their attitude towards the real issues facing the NHS.”