Responding to comments made by the prime minister during PMQs about the crisis in the NHS, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said:
“The government is wilfully ignoring the scale of the crisis in our NHS. Trying to play down the pressure that services are under shows the prime minister is out of touch with patients and frontline staff who are working flat out under impossible circumstances.
“Theresa May says she wants a shared society that works for everyone but is in denial about one of the important issues facing our society today – how to secure the future of our health service, which is in a constant state of crisis.
“Winter pressures are inevitable but we should be able to create a health service that can deal with the inevitable. To do this we need a government that takes the issue seriously, that addresses the funding, capacity and recruitment issues facing the NHS and social care year in, year out, but which are compounded during the winter months.”
Notes to editor:
The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.