Responding to the publication on the monthly NHS performance statistics and GP patient survey, Tim Gardner, Senior Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation said:

‘These latest figures highlight that the NHS is under severe and unrelenting pressures, with no sign of the respite that used to come in the summer months.

‘The alarm bell is sounding loudest in emergency care services, where patients are facing long waits for ambulances and in A&E departments. In June 2022, over 130,000 patients waited more than 4 hours in A&E for admission to a hospital bed – 22,000 of whom waited more than 12 hours.

‘Fundamentally this is a problem with the whole health and social care system. Chronic workforce shortages, a lack of bed capacity and delays in discharging patients are all causing these pressures. The latest GP patient experience survey, also published today, highlights the growing problems in accessing primary care, as demand for appointments rises steadily.

‘While the debate in the Conservative leadership contest focuses on cutting taxes, the next prime minister will need a coherent plan to address the pressures on NHS and social care services. This includes investment in NHS workforce and expanding capacity in social care.'

Further reading

Press release

New analysis reveals future NHS beds shortage

13 July 2022
Press release

With England having fewer beds per person than comparable countries, new analysis raises big...


How many hospital beds will the NHS need over the coming decade?

July 2022

In the REAL Centre's latest analysis, we review past trends and set out our projections for the...

REAL Centre

You might also like...

Press release

Boris Johnson didn’t ‘fix social care’ - the next PM must

Press release

Response from the Health Foundation on the Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities Committee report...


Party conference schedule 2022


The Health Foundation will be holding multiple fringe events and partnering with other organisations...


Webinar: How to talk about the building blocks of health – a new toolkit for public health communicators


In this webinar, we will delve into our new communicators’ toolkit, developed with FrameWorks UK,...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

England’s NHS will need up to 40,000 more beds by the end of the decade to meet rising demand – an increase of betw…

Follow us on Twitter
Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more