In a survey published today, the NHS confederation has revealed that 90% of health leaders feel that understaffing is ‘putting patient safety and care at risk’.
This comes during a time where cuts are being made to the NHS across the board.
Niall Dickson, the chief executive of the NHS Confedaration, issued a statement.
Thee NHS is heading into this winter with significant staffing and performance challenges. It is therefore little wonder that health leaders are deeply concerned about its ability to cope with demand, despite frontline staff treating more patients than ever.”Niall Dickson, CEO, NHS Confederation
The NHS has called for the incoming Government to focus on these ‘critical issues’ in the healthcare system, such as long A&E wait times and poor wages.
In figures released last week, one in four people who attend A&E are waiting over four hours to receive help, and that seven out of eight cancer treatment targets are being missed.