Commenting on the latest report from NHS Providers on winter pressures in the NHS published today (Thursday), UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“This alarming report shows the amount of strain the NHS is under even before winter pressures have kicked in.
“A lack of beds, staff shortages and the funding squeeze are all issues the government should have addressed years ago. Even with the extra money announced in the Budget, it still falls well short of what the NHS needs.
“It’s incredibly difficult for the NHS to plan for a crisis when it is already running at capacity and staff are stretched all year round.
“Ministers must be honest with the public about how the funding shortfall will hit – with more rationing, longer waiting lists and fewer operations all on the cards.
“It is only through adequate funding and long-term planning that the NHS will ever be in a position to anticipate the winter months with confidence.”