Figures published revealed that over the last year almost 8,000 patients who visited A&E in West and North Cumbria waited for more than 4 hours; this is 1 in 10 of those who attended.
The figures also show that performance in the most recent quarter were far below national standards. NHS England states that 95% of patients should be seen within 4 hours, but at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, almost 20% were waiting longer than this to be admitted or discharged.
This news comes as it is revealed that A&E waiting times in England are at their worst level in a decade. Hospital A&Es in England have missed the 95% target for the last 89 weeks in a row and in this time over 2 million people have waited for more than 4 hours in A&E.
Analysis of the latest GP Patient survey showed that almost 4,000 people in Cumbria turned to A&E because they couldn’t get an appointment to see their GP. Pressures on GP surgeries are increasing: The GP Patient Survey also showed that 108,000 people in Cumbria waited a week or more for an appointment or were unable to get an appointment at all, the last time they tried.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland and Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed said:
“The Government’s mismanagement of our NHS is clearly demonstrated by the thousands of people waiting for hours on end in Accident and Emergency Departments in North Cumbria and across the country.
“Primary care is being cut to the bone and this is heaping pressure on our hospitals. The doctors and nurses in our NHS are working incredibly hard, but they are being pushed to breaking point. Despite repeated requests for assistance, the Government have refused time and again to help fix the recruitment crisis at North Cumbria Trust and as a result, patients are paying the price.
“The amount of unpaid overtime provided by staff at our local hospitals has rocketed in the last five years, but the Conservatives have nothing to offer. The Government should back Labour’s plans for 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 midwives.
“Sadly, these figures demonstrate one of the oldest truths in politics: You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”