NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure

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The Royal College of Physicians' report - NHS reality check: Delivering care under pressure - gives voice to over 2,100 doctors and NHS teams who are overwhelmed by rising levels of need in hospitals that operate with no slack – doctors who describe themselves as continuously ‘firefighting’, ‘papering over the cracks’ and ‘hanging on by their claws’ – and lays out in stark terms what this means for patient care.

Delivering care under pressure

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.

Shining through their stories is the dedication of a profession deeply concerned about the future of the NHS.

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. Shining through their stories is the dedication of a profession deeply concerned about the future of the NHS, but determined to keep the ship afloat.

Speaking out and raising concerns

The RCP is clear that the NHS is currently underfunded, underdoctored 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.