Professor Russell Viner, President of RCPCH said:
The warning lights are flashing throughout the NHS. Today’s waiting time numbers are bad news for patients and a further sign that the system is struggling to cope. There are more people going through the door – including children and young people - and fewer staff to meet them. Inevitably this means longer waits, more compromises, and missed targets. The NHS badly needs more resources and more people. Winter will make this unavoidable reality even clearer.
The next government needs to deliver a long-term plan, tackle the workforce crisis, and invest seriously in community based public health programmes to help reduce the pressure on acute services.