NHS under huge pressure as demand rises, population surge continues

The NHS continues to face intense pressure driven by huge rising demand, with Britain’s population having risen by 392,000 in the year to June 2017. 59% of this was due to mass migration. That’s in addition to the huge population increase of 538,000 in the year ending June 2016, 62% of which was due to migration.

In a new quarterly performance review covering the first quarter of 2018, NHS Improvement say: “The start of the financial year saw frontline staff cope with record A&E attendances, high bed occupancy levels and improved discharge rates.”

Their report lays bare increasing pressure: “Staff continue to work extremely hard to care for patients, including the 6.23 million people who came to accident and emergency (A&E) during Quarter 1, 3.7% more than the same period last year.”

They also say that record demand for services and variations in providers’ performance affected overall A&E performance, which at a national level declined to 89.9% compared to 90.3% in the same period last year”.

And that: “Demand for hospital services continued to increase. There were over 1.14 million emergency admissions via A&E (type 1), 6.2% more than the same period last year.”

Admissions are up across the board: “The total non-elective activity admissions from all sources, not just A&E, have also increased by 5.1% from the previous year. This consists of a +10% increase on zero length of stay patients and an increase of +2.9% for patients who remain in a hospital for one day or longer.”

Part of their plan is now headed by a “new national ambition” to “lower bed occupancy by reducing the number of long-stay patients”.

National elective waiting lists are at almost record levels too: “At the end of June 2018 it was 3.90 million, a 7.2% increase compared to a year ago.”

Those running the health service are doing their best. “Despite intense operational pressure, NHS staff saw more people in under four hours than in the same period last year.”

The Chief Executive of NHS Improvement, Ian Dalton, is clear: “Staff are working extremely hard to cope with a rise in A&E attendances and high occupancy levels.

“A&Es up and down the country have been successful in treating more patients than ever before within four hours. We are helping trusts ensure that no-one stays in hospital longer than they need to, so that beds are free for other patients who urgently need them.”

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How much longer will Britain go on with an irresponsible policy of mass migration that is clearly putting the health service under huge strain?