The King’s Fund responds to the latest NHS performance statistics

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Commenting on the latest NHS performance statistics, Richard Murray, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:

‘These figures show the NHS is heading towards a difficult winter, with services under huge pressure and struggling to meet key targets.

‘The number of patients ready to be discharged but delayed in hospital continues to increase, with more than 200,000 bed days lost over the course of a month for the first time ever.

‘This highlights the impact of social care budget cuts on NHS performance, which is why senior figures from both the health and social care sectors have made the case for the government to increase funding for social care.

‘The numbers of A&E attendances and emergency admissions are increasing rapidly and almost 11 per cent of patients are spending more than four hours waiting in emergency departments.

‘However, there are some noteworthy improvements in the figures, with diagnostics waiting times at their lowest level since November 2013.’

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