RCP comment on the latest NHS A&E figures

Professor Jane Dacre gives her view on record A&E delays 

Responding to the latest A&E figures, released yesterday, Professor Jane Dacre said:

As we have said for some time now, we see these pressures on a daily basis. Be it at the front door of the hospital, in A&E or in outpatients. Bluntly, yesterday’s figures showing record A&E delays are not surprising.

It is clear to all of us working in the NHS that we are at a point of no return and the NHS in its current form is unsustainable without a significant increase in funding. We can’t continue to provide the same level of treatment to an ever-increasing group of patients and not expect the system to eventually collapse.

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