9th June 2014
- More than 4,600 people waited over 4 hours to be seen in Accident and Emergency at North Cumbria University Hospital Trust in the last year
- The Government’s unwanted top-down reorganisation has decimated finances to the point where NCUHT struggle to pay the bills
- Labour would invest £100 million to improve GP Access to remove pressure from our A&E departments at the West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary
Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed said:
“Despite the worst year in A&E in a decade, despite the parlous financial circumstances the NHS finds itself in, both locally and nationally, despite the fact that cancer treatment time targets are being missed for the first time ever in England, despite all of this, the Government would rather focus on charging people 5p for plastic bags than addressing the real problems in our NHS.
“The work that our doctors, nurses, support staff, cleaners, maintenance crews and many more do on our wards and in our surgeries is commendable, but the choices this Government have made and the policies that David Cameron have prescribed means they are working with their hands tied behind their back. Staff deserve huge praise for doing their utmost to maintain and improve standards while under such immense pressure.
“It is simply not acceptable that over 4,600 people have waited more than 4 hours to be seen in Accident and Emergency, but this Government’s wasteful and chaotic reorganisation of the NHS has starved the front line of much need resource. A reorganisation that no-one wanted and no-one voted for. The situation is so bad that West Cumberland Hospital was threatened with its electricity being cut off, because the Trust couldn’t pay its bills.
“To ease pressure on our A&E services, Labour has called for an investment of £100 million to improve access to GP services. Many people go to A&E because they can’t get a doctor’s appointment, but Labour would give each patient a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours.
“Instead of sitting on their hands, the Government should back Labour’s plans to help patients ease the pressures on our NHS.”