In response to the latest figures from NHS England on A&E attendances and emergency admissions, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:
"These new A&E figures demonstrate deepening problems in our whole health and social care system, not just accident and emergency departments. Cuts to social care, which is funded not by the NHS but by councils, mean fewer frail elderly patients receive the support they need to stay out of hospital. And once in hospital, there are too few support services available for them to be quickly and safely discharged. As a result the entire system is in danger of becoming blocked at times of increased demand, such as we are seeing now."