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DAVID CAMERON’S A&E CRISIS HITS EVERY PART OF THE REGION

a_e_(640x364).jpgAcross England, more than 30,000 patients each week now wait too long to be seen in local A&E departments – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the same period last year.

For the first time, Labour Party analysis of official NHS England data names the A&E departments where performance deteriorated most significantly in the last 12 months. Some hospitals have seen ten-fold increases in the number of patients waiting too long - a drop in standards hidden by headline national figures.

The NHS expects patients to be seen, treated, dismissed or admitted within four hours and the Government target is for this standard to be reached for 95 per cent of patients. Yet hospitals around the country fail to achieve that target for rapidly growing numbers of patients.

Similarly, for patients admitted to hospital after visiting A&E, twice as many now wait on trolleys for as long as 12 hours for a bed due to the shortage of available space on the wards.

The analysis covers all English regions and includes the following examples from our region:

  • At South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen has increased more than six-fold in a year - from just 23 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 150 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from one to 22 patients across the same period.
  • At The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen increased almost five-fold in a year - from 67 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 315 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from 17 to 75 patients across the same period.
  • At Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen almost trebled in a year - from 71 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 199 during the same week in April 2015.
  • At South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen more than trebled in a year - from 140 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 363 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed doubled from 15 to 33 patients across the same period.
  • At County Durham And Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen more than doubled in a year - from 259 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 584 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from 75 to 159 patients across the same period.
  • At City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen increased by 30 per cent in a year - from 161 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 210 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from zero to 24 patients across the same period.
  • At North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours in A&E to been seen more than trebled in a year - from 66 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 219 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from nine to 59 patients across the same period.

To tackle the Tory NHS crisis, Ed Miliband this week set out an NHS Rescue Plan for Labour’s first 100 days in office. It includes putting significant resources from a mansion tax into the NHS this year; an emergency recruitment round for nurses to get 1,000 more into training this year; and kick starting early planning to avoid another winter crisis in hospitals with GPs stationed in all A&E departments and more clinically-trained staff on the NHS 111 advice line.


Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said:

“These figures reveal a worrying slump in A&E performance in the last 12 months and lay bare the scale of the crisis the NHS is facing. Under David Cameron, A&Es across England are operating at their very limits and too many have clearly gone beyond them.

“He caused this A&E crisis by making it harder to get a GP appointment, cutting care budgets to the bone and wasting £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation. If he gets back in, extreme Tory spending cuts mean they can’t protect the NHS and the crisis in A&E will get even worse.

“Labour is the only Party facing up to it, with a fully-funded Rescue Plan. We will ease pressure on over-stretched A&Es by recruiting 20,000 more nurses and giving people a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours.”

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