1000 more patients than last year left waiting more than 4 hours at Huddersfield and Calderdale A & E’s
Jane East, Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley Constituency, outside Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
New figures released on Tuesday by NHS England have shown that over the last three months 2,500 people waited more than four hours to be seen in Huddersfield and Calderdale Accident and Emergency departments.
As local services are put under extra pressure during the winter season, Huddersfield and Calderdale A & E’s are struggling to cope. From October to December 2014 2,530 people had to wait over four hours to be seen in accident and emergency compared to 1,514 people the same time period in 2013. Of those, 686 were emergency admissions.
Jane East, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley who has been campaigning on the NHS commented “I am hugely concerned about the crisis that is happening right here in our accident and emergency services. The vast majority of people go to A& E when they need urgent care and having to wait more than four hours is totally unacceptable. Huddersfield and Calderdale Trust has missed the government’s target of 95% of people being seen within four hours.
Our doctors, nurses and other hospital workers do a fantastic job of giving world class care to people and I commend them. I have heard regularly of these professionals working a 12 hour shift without having time to have a break even for a cup of tea. This government is presiding over a failure of the NHS and massive staffing shortages. We need more staff on the ground who can deal with the increased pressures.
Under the next Labour Government, we will recruit a further 8,000 more doctors and 20,000 more nurses across the country whilst building an NHS fit for the 21st century.
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“These figures confirm the serious deterioration in the NHS within Huddersfield and Calderdale under this Government but reveal, more worryingly, a dangerous slump in A&E performances in recent weeks.
“We have repeatedly warned David Cameron’s to get a grip on the growing crisis in A&E and ambulances services. He has failed to do so and has now left patients all over England exposed to unacceptable levels of risk.
“It beggars belief that, only yesterday, on the day when hospitals were declaring major incidents, Jeremy Hunt was asking officials to email hospitals asking for ideas in four bullet-points on how to solve the winter crisis. There could be no clearer illustration of the Government's failure to plan and get ahead of the very serious situation in which the NHS now finds itself. It smacks of panic when what is needed is planning and leadership.
“This crisis in A&E has its roots in the Government's cuts to social care and GP access and its disastrous decision to throw the NHS into the chaos of reorganisation. It is yet more proof that the NHS as you know it won’t survive another five years of David Cameron. It is a crisis of David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt's making and it is becoming abundantly clear that they have no idea how to turn it around. Labour will rescue the NHS with a £2.5 billion a year Time to Care fund - on top of Tory spending plans - to fund new staff, including 20,000 more nurses.
“The Prime Minister's central promise at the last election was to protect the NHS. It is now clear for all to see that he has put it in intensive care. Patients and the public whose hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed need answers today and what he will do to turn things around."