Responding to NHS England’s latest winter situation reports, Nick Ville, Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation, said:
“These statistics pay tribute to NHS staff who work in high pressure environments across the country, every minute, hour and day.
“The NHS is coping better with demand this year, despite the cold snap. However, we are still seeing ambulance delays and high bed occupancy rates, including over 800 beds closed due to flu and norovirus.
“Patients can take some comfort that the NHS has not buckled under the weight of winter pressures. Local services will be fearful of the threat posed by cold weather and flu and norovirus which could strike at anytime. But the signs so far this winter are very good.
“The NHS needs to get through this winter while making the changes that will put local services on a more sustainable footing. The NHS Long Term Plan’s emphasis on joined-up community care is good news for patients and for staff, who should see some of this intense pressure ease if the plan is implemented well.”