Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston, Justin Madders has expressed concern about figures released this week, which show that both the Countess of Chester and Arrowe Park Hospitals have again missed their targets to see 95% of A&E patients within four hours.
The figures show that last week, 82.4% of patients were seen within four hours at the Countess of Chester and 78.5% at Arrowe Park. As a whole, NHS England missed the target, as the country experienced the longest A&E waiting times in a decade.
While stressing his support for hardworking staff at the Hospitals, Mr Madders has slammed the Government’s handling of health and social care services. He blames the current crisis on a number of factors, including severe cuts to social care budgets, the fact that people are finding it harder to see a GP, and pressures within the NHS from the shortage of nurses and GPs.
Commenting on the figures, Justin said:
"It is disappointing but not surprising to see the national trend of poor A&E performance impacting on local people in Ellesmere Port & Neston. Increasing numbers of elderly and very frail individuals are ending up in A&E and then becoming trapped in hospital, because the care they need to be discharged is not available. This along with pressures elsewhere in the NHS is causing serious issues in our local Emergency departments. I have also heard from people who have gone to A & E because they have been unable to get a GP's appointment for over a week."
"A&E performance under this Conservative-led Government is already the worst since records began and local people are rightly asking why we have seen so little action by Ministers to address the issue."
"I really feel for the local NHS staff, who are a credit to the area and who are continuing to work extremely hard under difficult circumstances. Both patients and staff deserve much better and I am therefore calling on the Government to accept Labour’s suggestion to hold an urgent summit on how to alleviate pressure on A&E services."