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Record demand on NHS is pushing services above safe thresholds, report warns

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4910 (Published 09 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4910
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Record levels of demand on the NHS in England are straining the service as growing numbers of people attend emergency departments, wait for elective procedures, and have their hospital discharge delayed, a new report warns.

The latest quarterly monitoring report from the health think tank the King’s Fund,1 published on 8 September, says that “relentless” demand for services is driving up waiting times and intensifying financial pressures on the NHS. The report considers the views of NHS trust finance directors and clinical commissioning group …

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