Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, has called for action following news that the NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E wait target for the past three months. This period represents the worst three-month performance since the target was introduced at the end of 2004.
Just 91.8% of patients were seen in four hours between January and March - below the 95% target.
Jamie has repeatedly called for action and it’s a particular concern for residents in North West Leicestershire where all local hospitals have constantly missed the target.
The increase in A&E waiting times has been caused by cuts to social care budgets, meaning older people are ending up in hospital because there is no one else to take care of them. In addition lack of access to GP appointments means more people are forced to attend A&E. Last year over 43,575 patients locally waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried.
This growing crisis compares badly to A&E under the previous Labour Government, A&E was performing well with 98% of patients seen within 4 hours.
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“I’ve repeatedly called for action to end the A&E crisis. The last three months have been the worst since records began. We need action to reverse this slide and what’s clear to me is that only the Labour Party will take action.
Labour will introduce a 48 hour GP guarantee as well as investing in 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives. That’s the investment we need to end this dangerous A&E crisis.”