Responding to today’s NHS figures which show performance in many key target areas is worse than ever before, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:
“These shocking figures show precisely what the BMA has feared – that the NHS is on a collision course for its worst winter yet. This is a catastrophe for the NHS with autumn figures as bad as any in the depths of previous winters.
“A&E wait times are the worst since modern records began, trolley waits the highest they’ve ever been outside of winter, and 4.42million people waiting for routine operations – the highest number in NHS history.
“It is unacceptable that in the midst of these pressures senior doctors are being forced to reduce their work or driven out of the health service by the punitive pension system – a problem that could and should be rapidly resolved.
“The next Government must seriously back the NHS in both the short and long term, with more funding, more staff and improved facilities comparable to other European nations.
“This is completely unfair for patients and staff and the perilous state of the NHS must be urgently addressed.”
Notes to editors
The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.
1. View the latest NHS performance figures here.
2. Read more about NHS pressures here.