Unless quick action is taken on staffing NHS risks more cancelled procedures in 2018

Full Story in National Health Executive 12 March 2018

The NHS is being “pushed to its limit,” according the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP’s) latest report.

Over 1,500 doctors across the UK were surveyed for the report, with the majority indicating that over the last year, their situation had worsened in nearly all areas of care.

Doctors are struggling to cope with rising demand, the impact of an ageing population with increasingly complex medical needs, and poor morale in a reportedly underfunded, understaffed and overstretched NHS.

According to 64% of surveyed doctors, patient safety has deteriorated over the past year – which is 10% higher than the previous year.

A staggering 93% had experienced staff shortages across the team, while 84% believe that the workforce is demoralised.