Commenting on the latest statistics for A&E attendances and admissions for February, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“The latest data shows just how punishing the winter months are proving for the NHS. Last month was the worst on record. Yet the figures don’t include the added difficulties staff faced when freezing conditions began to hit the UK last week.
“Day in day out, staff go to great lengths to ensure patients are cared for as fast as possible, no matter how cold, wet or snowing it is outside. Without more funding the NHS will go on struggling to meet demand and keep the service safe.
“Seeing sick and injured people having to wait for hours on end to be treated in hospital corridors is not what health professionals signed up for when they joined the NHS.”