Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to nursing leaders warnings that emergency departments are in crisis said:
“These reports should set alarm bells ringing at the Department of Health. If they are accurate, Ministers must order urgent investigations at the relevant hospitals.
“David Cameron promised the NHS would be safe on his watch but instead his Government has let England’s A&Es struggle through the winter and haemorrhage hundreds more nurses.
“Major A&E departments have failed to hit the Government’s target every week for over six months – tens of thousands of extra patients are waiting longer than 4 hours across the country.
“This month’s introduction of the NHS 111 phoneline has been shambolic and only added to the queues – worried patients, kept waiting hours for advice, feel there’s no alternative but to go to A&E.
“Patients should not be subjected to poor care because of Ministers’
failings. The Government must devise an urgent plan to bring all A&Es up to the required standard of care.”