latest health care news

10.08.18

Record-high number of non-urgent patients awaiting op as July piles on pressure

The number of patients waiting over a year for non-urgent surgery across England has risen to its highest rate in more than six years, performance figures show.

With 3,517 patients waiting for their operation, mounting demand and pressure on frontline services— as attendees to A&E soar to over 2.1 million in July due to unprecedented temperatures— many are left waiting despite former health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s pledge in 2014 to end the “unacceptable” waits.

The 3,517 patients are an increase of more than 400 from May, reaching the highest level since April 2012, the NHS’s quarterly performance figures indicate.

NHS Confederation deputy chief executive Danny Mortimer said the statistics show a whole system— from A&E to primary care— is “under relentless pressure.”

“The heatwave has meant no respite, with emergency attendances up nearly 5% on last year and condemning the NHS to yet another month of missed A&E targets,” he added.

“It is now clearer than ever that a system-wide approach is essential to provide more care in the community, reduce the strain on hospitals and prevent NHS and care services from falling over.”

Temperatures during July were the third warmest on record; an average of 17.2C during last month, leading to admissions of 2,176,022 during July. That’s the most since records began in 2010.

NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said the “exceptionally high” numbers of patients admitted has led to more patients waiting longer to be seen, with performance against staff targets slipping further.

As little as 83.5% of the 1.37 million people who went to A&E were treated within four hours, falling short of the 95% target.

“All of this is a symptom of an NHS running at boiling point all year round,” Hopson added.

“We need urgent decisions about how we properly invest and put in place the necessary staff, beds and resources we need to deliver what is required of the NHS throughout the year. Time is running out to put plans in place for sufficient capacity ahead of this winter.”

Enjoying NHE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

Image credit: Andrew Matthews PA Images

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

Sneak a peek into the world of risk

19/12/2018Sneak a peek into the world of risk

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) asked its members what working in ri... more >
The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

19/12/2018The NHS Assembly: A moment to reset

The development of the NHS long-term plan offers a reset moment: a chance t... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >
681 149x260 NHE Subscribe button

the scalpel's daily blog

Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

14/01/2019Gentleness: an underrated quality in effective leadership

Dean Royles, strategic workforce advisor at Skills for Health and co-author of ‘An Introduction to Human Resource Management,’ returns to write for NHE for hi... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar

back

January 2019

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >