Responding to new monthly performance figures released today by NHS England, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“These figures show winter pressures are far from over and patients are continuing to be routinely failed –performance against the four hour waiting targets are the lowest since records began.
“Data for February also shows that bed occupancy averaged out at 95 per cent, well above the limits considered to be safe, and the number of patients waiting on trolleys is the largest year-to-year increase this winter.
“The statistics show that staff and patients have just endured the most challenging winter in the NHS on record and politicians can no longer ignore this desperate situation. We urgently need the government to provide investment that would deliver the extra beds, staff and services the NHS clearly needs.”
Notes to editors
- You can view the NHS figures here.