RCoA responds to new NHS performance statistics

In response to the latest performance statistics released by NHS England, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:

“These figures show how the relentless pressures experienced across the NHS are continuing to have an adverse, yet avoidable, impact on the quality of patient care. The lack of available inpatient beds and increase in emergency admissions means that sick patients are still facing long waits for treatment.

“This week, the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, noted how the current tariff system for measuring and rewarding NHS performance does not reflect the changing demographic in urgent and emergency care over the past few years.

“If this lack of resources maintains the status quo where waiting time targets simply cannot be met, then it is unfair to expect NHS staff to care for patients in such a pressurised environment – especially when it is acknowledged by senior clinicians that these standards are unattainable.

“If the current funding envelope cannot enable waiting times standards to be met then the government has two options – provide the resources to treat the problem or design standards fit for purpose.”


08 March 2018

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