The Red Cross has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” while the British Medical Association (BMA) said the Government should be “ashamed” of the situation, reports The Daily Mail.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded that the Prime Minister comes to the Commons on Monday to explain the “scandal” in the English health and social care system.
The British Red Cross said it has stepped in to help the NHS in England deal with the increased demand put on the service over the colder months.
The charity’s chief executive, Mike Adamson, said extra cash was needed for health and social care to make the system sustainable.
We're sending in volunteers and our Land Rover fleet to help get people home from hospital and free up beds during the current winter crisis pic.twitter.com/Ma0UmjarPj— British Red Cross (@BritishRedCross) January 6, 2017
BMA head Dr Mark Porter said: “This intervention from the Red Cross highlights the enormous pressure the NHS is currently facing as conditions in hospitals across the country are reaching a dangerous level.
“The Government should be ashamed that it has got to the point where volunteers have been necessary to ease the burden.
“The devastating consequences of the lack of commitment to funding for health and social care have become all too apparent and patients are enduring one of the worst winters on record. Staff are working flat-out in extremely difficult conditions.”
(ht Andrew Murphy)