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New data shows mounting pressures on NHS hospitals

12th June 2017

Monthly performance statistics for April from NHS England have highlighted the growing pressures being placed on NHS services.

According to the new data, accident and emergency attendances in April 2017 saw a four percent year-on-year increase, while the number of emergency admissions through major type 1 emergency departments rose by nearly five percent.

Routine hospital treatment rose by more than five percent and diagnostic tests were nearly ten percent higher during the month, showing the health service is trying to keep pace with the rising demand, but there was also evidence that it is struggling to cope.

For example, three of the eight cancer targets were missed in April – unusually for this time of year – while the proportion of delayed transfers of care attributable to social care rose to its highest level since recording started in 2010.

As such, NHS Providers has described the situation as "unsustainable", while calling on the new government to take action.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: "Despite political uncertainty, we need urgent decisions to ensure the NHS has the capacity to deal with the coming winter, and beyond that, to respond to longer-term pressures."

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