‘Unprecedented pressure’ for this time of year: NHS under strain even before winter peak, boss warns

The NHS is under an “unprecedented degree of pressure” for this time of year, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.

Chris Hopson said the health service is experiencing “very high levels of people coming into accident and emergency departments” with “the ambulance services under real pressure”.

He said: “Wherever you look, right the way across the NHS – be it in mental health services, be it in hospitals – the NHS is under an unprecedented degree of pressure for this time of year and that is before the traditional winter peak.

“We know that the NHS tends to feel the most pressure in early to mid-January so there is a high degree of concern.”

However, he added: “Obviously this is what the NHS is here for.

“We’re here to provide the best quality of care to everybody who needs it and our staff are working absolutely flat out to ensure that we deliver in line with the NHS constitution because that’s what we’re here for.”