Figures released today show that the NHS is suffering its worst A&E waiting times since records began, as six hospitals declare ‘major incident’ status and close A&E doors to many patients.
The statistics released by NHS England show that in October to December 2014, 407,844 patients waited over four hours to be seen compared to 227,400 in the same quarter last year. The NHS also released data for the last fortnight of December, which shows the number of patients who have been admitted and wait up to 12 hours on a trolley for a bed to become free almost quadrupling to 20,962 – up from 5,573 in those weeks last year.
In Ealing Central & Acton:
> Waiting times at local A&Es are among the worst in the country following the closure of Central Middlesex and Hammersmith A&Es in September 2014.
> Last minute cancellations of operations have increased by 120%.
> Ambulances may be turned away unless they ‘call ahead’ to see if there is space at Northwick Park A&E.
> The Tories plan to close two more A&E units at Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals
> State-of-the-art maternity services at Ealing to be axed following a £2m investment; despite high demand.
Rupa said of the revelations:
“In Ealing & Acton we saw the price of a Tory-run NHS long before these figures were released. The Tories and Lib Dems are destroying our NHS. I’ve lived here for over 40 years now and I can’t remember a time when so many people talked to me about their fears for our health service and social care in later life.
As a mum I’ve first-hand experience of our health service and with my parents needing adult social care I understand the fear that threats to our local NHS services can bring. Local residents face a big choice in the election this year – Between the Tories and Lib Dems who are dismantling our National Health Service and a Labour Party who has a credible plan to save our NHS.”
If elected next year Labour will:
> Turn around waiting lists in GP practices and hospitals with 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives.
> Guarantee a 48-hour appointment with your GP when you need it – we did it before and the Tories scrapped it
> Bring together health and social care into a joined-up service, making sure that older people get access to the care they need in later life.