Commenting on the data, RCEM President, Dr Adrian Boyle said: “It is clear that May was a hugely challenging month for EDs in England. The number of patients attending rose significantly with the knock-on effect of April’s industrial action across the NHS still been being felt.
“Despite this backdrop there are still some improvements which are testament to the hard work of our members and their colleagues who are committed to providing patients with the best emergency care possible.
“Traditionally warmer months are a chance for EDs to take stock following the excessive pressures experienced during winter, but they are still running flat out. And there are some concerning red flags in the data which indicate the wider health service not functioning as it should.
“Our members, and their patients, deserve an NHS which is adequately resourced. We again urge the Government to publish its long-awaited workforce plan which must include details of staffing and funding – especially for the vitally important area of Emergency Care – so these pressures are eased in the future.”
The latest Emergency Department performance figures published by NHS England for May 2023 for show:
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