Responding to new performance figures published by NHS England today, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“These figures show that the NHS remains under sustained and extreme pressure despite leaders declaring the crisis to be over. The four hour wait target at major A&Es for January is the second worst on record and we’ve reached new highs for the numbers of patients waiting on trolleys. With some very cold weather recorded in the last week it seems unlikely that these burdens will ease any time soon.
“The NHS is feeling the pinch year-round. The reality is that we now have a consistently congested and overstretched system. Behind all these statistics are patients waiting for much needed care and staff working in impossible conditions.
“Doctors have real concerns about the quality and timeliness of care the NHS can deliver, without additional funding. We urgently need the government to provide investment that would deliver the extra beds, staff and services the NHS so desperately needs.”
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