Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has conceded that the performance in some parts of the overwhelmed National Health Service (NHS) England is “completely unacceptable”.
Hunt said there was “no excuse” for some of the problems faced by patients over the winter like lengthy waits in A&E and elderly patients languishing in hospital for months due to a lack of care home places. He accepted some of the care being offered to the patients was not what anyone would want for their own family and said the problems were “incredibly frustrating” and insisted the Government had a plan to help hospitals cope.
Speaking to the BBC, Jeremy hunt said that there was already a "big transformation programme" in progress in the NHS with the aim of giving care to more people at home or in the community to ease pressures on NHS hospitals. He insisted that there were “positive” things happening in the NHS like improving cancer survival rates.
Jon Ashworth, Labour Shadow Health Secretary said he is very pleased that the secretary of state is waking up to the scale of the crisis. He urged the government to provide more money available to put the NHS and heath and social care on a "sustainable footing".
The non-executive director at the Care Quality Commission (CQC)), Sir Robert Francis QC said that the NHS was facing an “existential crisis”. He said there was an "increasing disconnect" between what was said generally about the NHS and "what people on the ground feel or see is going on”.
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