7th January 2015
Copeland MP and Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed today challenged the Prime Minister over the worsening A&E Crisis in the NHS.
Before the General Election, the Prime Minister promised a “bareknuckle fight” to protect A&E services, but more and more people are waiting more than 4 hours in Accident and Emergency departments as the NHS records the worst A&E performance since records began. In the last six months, over 3,000 people waited more than 4 hours at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.
Over the last few days, numerous hospitals around the country have declared major incidents and patients are being treated in temporary “tents” in car parks. Today, it was reported by BBC Cumbria that a patient on a makeshift ward at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle was told “pretend you’re camping”.
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:
“The crisis in A&E is largely a crisis of the Prime Minister’s making. His disastrous reorganisation at a time when demand was rising has plunged the NHS into turmoil. The Government claim there is no crisis, but it is in total denial.
“The tireless work of our doctors and nurses who are giving everything to provide quality care is truly remarkable and their efforts should be recognised and praised. They are working hard in incredibly trying circumstances. Yet, the Government hashed matters worse for patients and medical professionals.
“David Cameron’s promised “bareknuckle fight” to protect A&E services has never materialised – it was a calculated deception – and his mismanagement of the NHS has meant thousands more patients waiting longer for treatments. Cancelled operations, longer waiting times, ambulance queues and thousands of patients on trolleys are all becoming the norm under this Government. It’s clearly time for a change.
”In Cumbria we know that we need more GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and carers. This is undeniable. It’s also true to state that the massive cuts to Cumbria County Council have heaped even more pressure upon the local NHS. This is why the next Labour government has pledged to provide an additional 20,000 nurses, 8,000 doctors, 5,000 home care workers and 3,000 midwives over and above what we now have.
“David Cameron should stop blaming patients for daring to use the facilities they have paid for through their taxes and instead give those who provide our care the resources that they need.”