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President of Royal College of Physicians Says NHS is “Creaking at the Seams”

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Sir Richard Thompson, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, has spoken out at the state of the NHS and its waiting lists, as they get ever longer in various parts of the country.

He said recently that “the apparent rise in waiting lists is both worrying for patients and evidence of an underlying cause – the increasing pressures on the NHS in general.”

Official data from the NHS shows that waiting lists have got longer since the new coalition government came to power last year. Sir Richard went on to say that “the NHS is now creaking at the seams, with the growing number of patients needing urgent care, including older people with multiple health problems.”

The government has spoken out against the rise in waiting lists, saying that they are still “low and stable”. However Sir Richard countered this belief by saying “our members are finding it difficult to cope with the increased demand for urgent care, and this has a knock on effect on the ability of hospitals to cope with planned diagnostic tests, medical procedures and surgical operations.”

The cuts in the health service are clearly having an adverse effect on the NHS. While it is essential to cut back on waste, a survey has revealed that 25% of finance directors in the NHS think their cuts will have an adverse effect on the system. Only time will tell whether the situation will get better or worse – and many doctors’ leaders think it will be worse.

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