Against the odds: experiences from the NHS front line

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Against the odds: experiences from the NHS front line collates hospital doctors’ experiences of working in NHS hospitals between December 2016 and January 2017.

Contributions were sought from a group of 50 senior physicians and members of the RCP’s Patient and Carer Network, with additional examples from the RCP’s wider membership.

In the report, they explain in their own words what an overstretched NHS looks like in practice. Their experiences paint a clear picture of NHS staff striving to keep patients safe, sometimes against the odds.

Time for action

The RCP believes patients and communities deserve an NHS that is funded and staffed to meet their needs, now and in the future. We are calling on the government to: 

  • invest in health and social care
  • support NHS staff to deliver excellent care
  • improve the working lives of NHS staff.