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Shadow Minister slams “four years of failure” under Jeremy Hunt

NHS performance has deteriorated on every key performance measure in the four years since Jeremy Hunt became Health Secretary

In his first conference speech in 2012, Jeremy Hunt promised to give every family in the country the “the best healthcare in the world.”  But new analysis by Shadow Health Minister, Justin Madders reveals that the NHS has deteriorated on every major performance measure since Jeremy Hunt took office in September 2012.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“Jeremy Hunt's speech today was over 2,800 words long.  The most important one was missing - sorry.

“On every single measure, Jeremy Hunt’s stewardship of the NHS can only be described as four years of abject failure. 

“We need to remember that behind every one of these statistics, there is an anxious patient and their family.  Every day there are people waiting too long for an ambulance, to be seen in A&E or to receive the treatment that they need.

“Not only has he failed on every significant performance measure, he’s also driven staff morale to new lows with his scrapping of Nurse Bursaries and mishandling of the Junior Doctor contract. 

“This dire situation is a direct result of health and social care funding not keeping up with the pace of demand under the Tories, creating the biggest financial deficit the NHS has ever seen.

“If he was in any other job he would have been sacked by now.”


Justin’s analysis of NHS England performance figures can be found below:

o In July 2012, the NHS responded to 75.3% of top priority calls within eight minutes, against a target of 75%.
o Statistics for July 2016 show that just 67.6% of top priority calls were responded to within eight minutes.
o Ambulance response targets have now been missed for the 14th month in a row.

Accident & Emergency
o In July 2012, 97.1% of people attending Accident & Emergency were dealt with within four hours, against a target of 95%.
o Statistics for July 2016 show that just 90.3% of people were dealt within four hours.
o In “Type 1” (major hospital) A&E, this figure falls to 85.4%.
o 37,466 people waited longer than four hours to be seen in July 2016, compared with 7,265 in July 2012. This is an increase of 416%.
o 113 people were kept waiting longer than twelve hours in July 2016, compared with just 1 person in 2012.

Cancer waiting times
o In July 2012, 87.1% of people underwent their first treatment for cancer within 62 days of an urgent GP referral, against a target of 85%.
o In July 2016, just 82.2% of people were treated within the 62 day timeframe. This target has only been met once in the previous 27 months.
o The number of people waiting longer than two weeks from GP referral to their first consultant appointment has increased by 72.1%.
o The number of people waiting longer than one month from a decision to treat to receiving their first treatment has increased by 53.5%.

Delayed Transfers of Care
o Bed blocking has reached record levels. Delayed discharges are now at the highest number since records began in August 2010.
o In July 2016, a total of 184,188 bed days were lost to delayed discharges – when patients are fit to leave but social care support is not in place – up sharply from 117,200 in July 2012. This is an increase of 57.2%
o At midnight on the last Thursday in July 2016, 6,364 patients who were fit to leave were still in their beds, up from the previous record of 6,105 patients the month before.

Waiting List
o 3.9million people on the waiting list in July 2016. Up almost a million since July 2012.
o Hospitals are supposed to treat 92% of patients on the “referral-to-treatment” (RTT) waiting list within 18 weeks. They did so in just 91.3% of cases in July 2016 compared with 94% in July 2012.

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