Health bosses believe that NHS services effectively face an impossible mission to reach the standards requested by the government.
NHS Providers has come forward with this particular warning, stating that frontline services are inadequately funded currently.
The healthcare body instead insists that longer waits for hospital operations and further delays in Accident and Emergency will result from this dearth of money.
In response, ministers claimed that they have already provided the necessary funding.
NHS Providers predicts its members, which account for nearly two-thirds of health spending, will receive £89.1 billion in 2017/18.
This does represent an increase over the number from this year, but the figure is only being elevated by half of the increase expected in patient demand.
Chief executive Chris Hopson believes that the government must listen to the concerns of experts if a disaster is to be averted.
“NHS trusts will strain every sinew to deliver the commitments made for the health service. But we now have a body of evidence showing that, with resources available, the NHS can no longer deliver what the NHS constitution requires of it. We fear that patient safety is increasingly at risk.”
Research conducted by NHS Providers suggests that the situation in Accident and Emergency will deteriorate by approximately 40% in the new year.
Many more patients will find themselves waiting for longer than the four-hour target set by government, according to the authoritative healthcare body.
But the numbers waiting for routine operations will be particularly severely affected, according to NHS Providers’ estimates, with an escalation of 150% expected.
Yet a Department of Health spokeswoman suggested that extra money had already been invested in the NHS, with more being set aside by the recent budget.
The spokeswoman went on to point out that social care had been a particular focus of this recent government statement, and that this would have a beneficial impact on hospitals.
It was also noted by the spokeswoman that the government had a “strong plan to improve performance”, while NHS Providers were accused of failing to acknowledge the steps that were being taken.
Nonetheless, it is not surprising that there is an air of scepticism among such groups as NHS Providers, considering that authoritative healthcare bodies have already questioned the £10 billion extra investment figure claimed by the government.