On Friday 17 March 2017 NHS England published its latest situation reports for A&E performance which show Theresa May’s winter crisis stretching into spring.

Valerie Vaz MP said:

“The update released by NHS England once again demonstrates the serious pressure facing patients and staff in the NHS this winter.”

“In the week ending 12 March 2017, 6 trusts registered an OPEL 4 incident, indicating that they were unable to deliver comprehensive care, with increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised. In the same week, 34 different trusts reported serious operational pressures at some point. On average, 20 trusts each day reported serious operational pressures.”

“Emergency admissions in the week ending 12 March were the highest they have been so far this winter and A&E attendances were the highest since December 2016.”

“The Conservatives made eliminating mixed sex wards (MSA) a key manifesto pledge but standards have slipped drastically since Theresa May became Prime Minister. In Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust there were 14 MSA breaches in January 2017 and 11 MSA breaches in February 2017. This is a total of 25 MSA breaches in two months.”

“Nationally, hospitals breached mixed sex accommodation rules 1750 times during January and February this year, a 50% rise compared to 1164 in the same period last year.”

“This month the Government’s Budget failed to give the NHS and social care the money it urgently needed. The Health Secretary has failed to support our overstretched NHS workforce and give patients the world-class health system they deserve.”

“Theresa May has overseen the worst NHS winter on record and she needs to explain what she’s going to do to make sure patients and their families under Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and other NHS Trusts never suffer a year like this ever again.”