Those in charge of the NHS must answer the big question of whether it is going to start actually meeting its commitments, or scrap and replace them.
At our Health Policy Summit last week, Simon Stevens said it is likely February will turn out to have been the most pressurised month the NHS has seen. Today’s figures, sadly, do little to disprove that.
The number of patients waiting on trolleys has reached its highest rate since records began.
New figures clearly reveal why the NHS is under such extraordinary pressure this winter.
New statistics show the health service is likely to face another three months of exceptional need for care but it is starting from a precarious position.