Responding to the latest NHS performance figures which show A&E departments suffered their worst month on record, BMA emergency medicine lead, Dr Simon Walsh said:
“How many wake-up calls does the Government need?
"These figures are truly alarming and serve as yet further evidence that our NHS simply doesn’t have the resources, staff, or capacity to cope with rocketing demand.
“Emergency departments suffered their worst month on record in December, with more patients than ever before facing long delays to admission. These are sick patients, often left in cramped hospital corridors, until a bed is available.
“This is totally unacceptable and demands urgent action.
“A priority for the Government must be to scrap the ridiculous punitive pension taxation system, which is forcing many doctors to cut their working hours. We need a long-term fix to this crisis so that doctors can get back to doing what they do best – caring for their patients.”
Notes to editors
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1. To view the latest NHS performance figures click here.