On 3 June, Jeremy Hunt will become the longest serving Health Secretary, after 5 years and 273 days in post. Under his tenure, the Tories have pushed the NHS further into crisis with soaring waiting times, cancelled operations, rationing of treatments, bed reductions and a shortfall of 100,000 of staff.
New analysis reveals that since Jeremy was appointed Health Secretary on 4 September 2012:
- the number of people waiting more than 4 hours in A&E each month has increased over 842% since September 2012, when 9022 people waited more than 4 hours. In March 2018, the figure was 76,054
- 255,924 more people have waited more than 4 hours in A&E in Q4 2018, compared to Q3 2012
- 4 million more people are on the NHS waiting list now, compared to 2012
- the number of people waiting more than 2 weeks for urgent cancer treatment has more than doubled from 53,738 in 2012/13 to 113,373 in 2017/18
- there are over 7,000 fewer beds available in NHS hospitals now, than in 2012
- bed occupancy for Q4 2017/18 reached the highest level on record, and the 85% higher limit for occupancy was last met in September 2015
At the same time:
- the waiting time measure for consultant-led treatment is now at 22 weeks, and has been above the 18-week target since early 2016
- the target for 95% of patients to be seen within 4 hours in A&E has not been met since July 2015
- the target for 92% of people on the waiting list to be waiting less than 18 weeks has not been met since early 2016
- the target for 85% of cancer patients to be seen within two months for their first treatment for cancer after an urgent referral has been missed for all but one month since April 2014
- the target for 1% of patient to be waiting over 6 weeks for a diagnostic test has not been met since November 2013
Since the NHS changed the way it measured ambulance response times in December 2017, the target for category 1 (life threatening calls) of 7 minutes has not been met.