Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (4th June 2013) slammed the Tory-led Government for failing to deal with the A&E crisis as statistics show more ambulances are queuing up outside A&E units in Teesside and more people are waiting longer before being seen.
When Labour left office, A&E was performing well with 98% of patients seen within 4 hours. But since the 2010 general election, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours has more than doubled and ambulance queues have doubled as well.
In our area, the number of patients waiting longer than half an hour to be transferred from an ambulance increased from 4,558 in 2010/11 to 8,136 in 2012/13 and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has failed to meet 4 hour target for 26 weeks.
“Patients and hospitals on Teesside are paying the price for David Cameron’s mismanagement of the NHS and for his decision to proceed with a top-down reorganisation that he promised wouldn’t happen.
“The unfolding crisis in A&E is a clear symptom of a system under pressure and there is no more visible sign than ambulances queuing up outside A&E units and patients waiting longer to be seen.
“The Government’s devastating cuts to budgets for elderly care are a major cause of the A&E crisis. Fewer older people are getting the care they need at home, meaning more are having to be admitted to hospital, and more get stuck in hospital beds at the end of their treatment because the help isn’t there at home.”
Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“This is a crisis of David Cameron’s own making. Instead of casting round for others to blame, David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt need to accept responsibility and develop an urgent plan to relieve the pressure.
“David Cameron and his Health Secretary have been caught looking for scapegoats instead of solutions. They need to cut the spin and get a grip without delay.”