The NHS’s winter crisis will continue through to the summer, doctors’ leaders warn.
Thousands of patients will languish on trolleys and face ‘unacceptably’ long waits in A&E, according to the British Medical Association, which says this summer will be as busy as the winters of 2015 and 2016.
Although winter is traditionally busiest time of year for hospitals, experts say there is very little let-up in spring and summer.
Thousands of patients will languish on trolleys and face ‘unacceptably’ long waits in A&E, according to the British Medical Association
Only last week a major teaching hospital declared it was on the highest level of alert and cancelled all operations, including cancer surgery.
Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge said it needed to take ‘exceptional’ measures following a surge in demand.
The BMA’s analysis predicts that in a best-case scenario, 5.9 million patients will turn up in A&E units in July, August and September.
One in ten will wait longer than four hours to be seen, including 127,000 patients who will languish on trolleys.
But in a worst-case scenario, 6.2 million patients would turn up in