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NHS on a collision course for worst ever winter and Government must not let this happen, warns BMA

Responding to the latest NHS performance stats which reveal that this summer was the worst on record and A&E September waits are worse outside of winter since 2010, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said:

BMA council chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, said:

“The NHS has just experienced its worst ever summer – this is frankly alarming and should be taken as a serious warning sign of the chaos that is likely to unfold in the NHS this coming winter.

“With summer performance now as bad as recent winters, we have reached a point of year-round crisis and the Government cannot continue to let this happen.

“September A&E waits were the worst performance record outside of winter since 2010 and trolley waits and referrals to treatment are worse than we have seen in the last decade.

"Patient care is suffering, NHS staff working tirelessly around the clock are suffering, and with Brexit on the horizon and early indicators of an extremely cold winter we are on collision course for what is likely to be the worst winter ever.

"This is a serious plea - we need to see investment across the board including community and social care, and resources such as more beds, reaching the frontline now.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

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  1. Latest NHS performance stats can be found here.

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