Head of Newcastle Hospitals Trust says pressures cannot be underplayed
Dame Jackie Daniel, head of Newcastle Hospitals Trust says the current pressure on the NHS cannot be “underplayed” or left to continue into the long-term, adding that staff were feeling ”really pressured” ahead of the winter months.
The said it felt “like the perfect storm and I don’t think we can underplay that”, saying that there were growing waiting lists, staff shortages and unprecedented numbers of people attending A&E.
Dame Jackie went on to say “I think the current pressures are unsustainable, but the reality is the NHS does brilliantly at what we’re doing now in continuing to respond, but it can’t go on long-term.
“We’ve got over 5,000 people now waiting over 52 weeks and if you compare that to pre-Covid we had around 18 patients waiting 52 weeks, so you can see the scale of the problem and it’s a significant backlog.”
A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said it was “doing all we can to support our dedicated NHS staff and healthcare services.
“We’ve investing £5.4bn over this winter including £478m to help get patients out of hospital. The NHS has given ambulance trusts an extra £55m to boost staff numbers in control rooms and on the frontline.”
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