The government has been warned that the NHS is on the verge of collapse and that “staff have had enough,” the Prime Minister’s office has responded saying that they “are doing everything possible.”
Top doctors are describing the current situation in the NHS is “unbearable” and “intolerable,” as the government’s “political choices” are leading to patients “dying unnecessarily.”
On Tuesday morning the Prime Minster and the Health Secretary are facing urgent calls to address the growing concerns over the state the NHS is in along with the terrible conditions of emergency care.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters, “The NHS is already maximising its number of beds, so the equivalent of 7,000 additional beds, plus funding for discharges and increasing virtual wards.
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“That’s all to free up capacity. Again, that’s all thanks to the extra funding, the billions of extra pounds we’ve put in.
“We are doing everything possible to increase the number of beds.”
The British Medical Association (BMA) has accused the government’s “political choices” which are leading to patients “dying unnecessarily” and it has been reported that around 500 are dying each week.
On Sunday Dr Adrian Boyle, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine warned that around 500 people are dying each week as a result of emergency care delays.
Peter Neville, a gastroenterologist who works in Wales, has warned that the NHS is on the verge of collapse.
He said, “They know that if the government wins this, nursing will collapse anyway. The junior doctors are militant.
“A strike vote very soon. This is about money.
“But it is also about working conditions. Because if conditions don’t improve, the NHS will fall.
“The staff have had enough.”
Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said the blame starts with the Tory Party and he accused them of “mismanagement” of the NHS.
Streeting said, “Given what we’ve seen throughout Christmas and the new year, not a single government minister, whether it’s the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary, has raised their head or shown their face to say exactly what they are doing to grip this crisis.”