King’s Fund report highlights NHS pressures

Health charity The King’s Fund has published its Quarterly Monitoring Report – an update on how the NHS is getting to grips with financial pressures and having to increase productivity levels to meet ever-rising demand.

The report shows that in the year’s second quarter there were 54,000 more A&E attendances and 14,200 more emergency hospital admissions compared to the same time last year. It also reveals that June saw the highest number of patients waiting for treatment since December 2007, at 3.8 million.

47 per cent of NHS trusts are forecasting end-of-year deficits, as are 23 per cent of CCGs – double the amount in the same period in 2015.

King’s Fund Director of Policy Richard Murray commented on the report: “Winter usually brings a dip in NHS performance, but key targets are now being missed all year round. This reflects the impossible task of continuing to meet rising demand for services and maintain standards of care within current funding constraints.”

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