The need for extra resources has been highlighted by the record number of A&E attendances this summer.
This July saw the highest number of A&E attendances and emergency admissions.
The recent heatwave has had a significant impact with attendances reaching over 2.1 million – the highest figure since the records began eight years ago.
The President for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said:
“[The recent heatwave] should not be used to excuse inappropriate resourcing. It should also not come as a surprise that whatever the weather conditions, working in a continually under-resourced and declining system has consequences – all of which are detrimental to our patients.”
Despite a pledge made by the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the number of patients waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery also rose to 3,517, which is the highest figure in more than six years.
Health bodies said the heatwave had added to existing pressures on the NHS, with reports of more people turning up with dehydration, heart failure and kidney problems related to the unusually high temperatures.
The President for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine also went on to say that:
“[…] extra funding cannot come soon enough. We know it seems unlikely to be available to help staff care for patients and improve performance going into the winter. These latest figures show that we are in danger of slipping backwards and that we haven’t fully recovered from the last winter; we will be entering autumn and next winter with one arm tied behind our back.”