06 / 1 / 2017 1.21pm
Responding to the weekly figures from NHS England showing increased winter pressure on Accident & Emergency departments, Stephen Dalton, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
“The pressure being put on the health system isn’t sustainable and the opportunity for transforming patient care gets more difficult by the day when our staff on the frontline are working flat out. These regular statistics paint a worrying picture, not only of a predictable rise in demand but the consequences of insufficient investment in community and social care.
“Stability and united support from national bodies and politicians are key to helping the NHS plan its long-term future.
"This exponential rise in demand isn't going to go away without urgent action from the government and our staff being given the space to transform how we deliver care."