‘Humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS?
The charity has said that it has supported the East Midlands Ambulance Service and is currently in talk with a number of hospitals about providing additional support.
In a statement, its chief executive warned that patients are being sent home without clothes in some cases, with inappropriate care when they get home leading to them suffering falls and not being found for days.
The Red Cross called on the UK Government to ‘allocate immediate funding to stabilise the current system and set out plans towards creating a sustainable funding settlement for the future’.
It comes as the Royal College of Medicine has warned that only 77.62% of patients were seen within the four-hour target in the past week, the worst performance since it started measuring two years ago. This is despite an increase in beds being made available.
Is this a situation you recognise? Is the term ‘humanitarian crisis’ over the top?