The extent of the crisis in the NHS is very worrying. The extra pressure on staff is bound to lead to mistakes in treatment being made.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has conceded the NHS in England is facing "completely unacceptable" problems. He said there was "no excuse" for some of the difficulties highlighted during the BBC's NHS week, and the government had a plan to help hospitals cope. A series of reports have revealed lengthening waits in A&E and patients being left for hours on trolleys. Sir Robert Francis QC, who investigated failings in Mid Staffordshire, said the NHS was facing an "existential crisis".