Research by the Labour Party has found serious problems in A&Es across England with the number of patients waiting in ambulances outside hospitals before being transferred to A&E doubling over the last three years.
In the North West Region the situation in recent years has got significantly worse with the number of patients waiting an hour soaring by over 400% to 15,233.
Commenting on the figures Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston said:
“These figures demonstrate the scale of the crisis facing A&Es locally and across the country.
Patients in emergency situations are being forced to wait in the back of ambulances outside hospitals – sometimes for longer than an hour- before being transferred into A&E.
The number waiting longer than an hour have soared in the last three years under Jeremy Hunt’s watch.
The Government must now make clear they understand the scale of the crisis facing our A&Es and tell us what they are going to do about it.”