NHS busiest September on record
NHS figures also show a reduction in the number of patients waiting for a diagnostic scan for the first time this year, meaning more people are now getting the checks they need.
Ambulances responded to a record 76,000 life threatening call-outs, an increase of more than 20,000 on the previous high for September, while 999 took nearly one million calls in September. NHS 111 also saw record demand taking a call every 7 seconds and over 1.9 million calls in total across August. Figures released earlier this month showed GPs were facing record demand with 24 million appointments taking place – above pre-pandemic levels.