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NHS pressures

Evidence of the perilous state of the NHS' medical workforce.

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NHS pressures

In both primary and secondary care, the NHS in England is routinely overwhelmed by pressures, with funding increasingly falling short of the level required to meet growing demand. The BMA continues to highlight the latest data and evidence directly from doctors on the current pressures being faced by the NHS, as well as anticipating likely levels of demand and performance and making related recommendations. We also provide BMA members facing overwork and fatigue with guidance and individual support.

Key issues

  • Winter pressures – beds

    NHS pressures – projections

    Lack of recovery from summer, combined with other factors means the NHS in England is facing a 'perfect storm' this winter. Read our latest projections.

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    Pressure points in the NHS

    The NHS in England is struggling to meet targets. See the data, our analysis and check the heatmap.

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    Pressures in general practice

    GP surgeries in England are under significant and growing strain with rising demand, as our data shows.

Staffing in the NHS - share your experiences

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We want to hear about your experiences of working in understaffed situations and of any individual or collective efforts to bring about positive change in your place of work.

Your first-hand account of life working in the NHS could make all the difference as we continue to call for better working conditions for staff, safer patient care and urge the Government to adequately support NHS employers with the resources they need. Read comments and experiences from doctors working last winter.

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General election 2019: A manifesto for health

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What needs to change to improve care for patients and the working lives of doctors? As the only medical organisation that represents all doctors and medical students in the UK, we have drawn on their experiences to find the answers. In this manifesto for health, we have set out our priorities for any incoming government.

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