The King's Fund response to March NHS performance data

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’ s Fund, said:

‘Patients are facing a never-ending winter as the latest NHS figures show the number of people waiting for treatment continues to rise. This is particularly alarming as these figures represent March, a time of year when we used to see improvements to waiting times as 'winter' pressures start to ease.
‘Compared to last March there has been a nine percentage point drop in patients at major A&E departments being treated within the four-hour standard, with almost one in four now waiting longer than this. Of those patients who need admission to hospital, more than 75,000 waited more than four hours for a bed. At the same time, more than 4 million patients are now on hospital waiting lists for routine treatment, with sharp increases in the number of patients waiting more than a year. It is clear that despite considerable efforts from frontline staff this winter, the NHS remains far away from reaching the performance standards that were once routinely delivered.
‘Our analysis published today has found that raising taxes to do increase NHS funding is supported by a majority of voters from all main parties. Last month, Theresa May announced a new, long-term funding settlement for the NHS. It is vital that voters are listened to and that the health and care system is given the funding and staff it needs.’

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