New data published today by NHS England shows patients attended A&E in record numbers this July, whilst waiting lists for hospital treatment are out of control, up 20% in a month.
Commenting, Reform think tank Health Policy lead, Claudia Martinez, said:
“Nobody should be surprised that patients are flocking to A&E when they see no alternative. A third of patients can’t book a same day appointment with their GP, while around 90% aren’t aware of any out-of-hours services.
“The solution is a primary care system that keeps people out of A&E. Illness isn’t constrained to working hours, so GPs need to provide care when patients need it – which requires investment. It’s ridiculous that only 6% of the £1.8bn promised to the NHS this week is earmarked for primary care. The Government needs to urgently rethink its approach.”
Covered in the The Financial Times (£).