The Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP’s) NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure reports gives over 2,100 doctors and NHS teams, who are overwhelmed by rising levels of demand in hospitals, a voice on how their profession is coping.
The RCP is clear that the NHS is currently underfunded, under doctored and overstretched. Patients and NHS staff deserve better; we need a new plan for health and social care. A plan designed to meet the UK’s health and care needs in the long term, and to value, support and motivate NHS staff.
Attention is often focused on the pressures on hospital emergency services, while our evidence shows that doctors providing care across the medical spectrum – in services that are the backbone of hospital care – are struggling to cope. For NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure we asked our members to tell us about their experiences on the front line of care delivery.