Andrew Gwynne MP has spent an evening visiting the A&E at Tameside General Hospital to see first hand how the staff are coping with the winter pressures.
This is part of the “Casualty Watch” to identify where A&E is coming under stress throughout the colder winter months. Andrew also plans to visit Stockport’s Stepping Hill A&E in the New Year.
The cumulative actions of the Tory-led Government have meant that across the country the NHS is struggling to deal with the A&E crisis. This situation is predicted to become worse over the coming winter months with more ambulances queuing up outside A&E units and more people waiting longer before being seen.
Under the previous Labour Government, A&E was performing well with 98% of patients seen within 4 hours. But since the 2010 general election, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours has more than doubled and ambulance queues have doubled as well.
The increase in A&E waiting times has been caused by cuts to social care budgets, meaning more older people are ending up in hospital because there is no one else to take care of them. There have also been 6,642 nursing jobs cut and a needless £3 billion top down reorganisation which have made the situation in A&E much worse.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“After my visit to A&E I gained a good insight into how front line staff are coping with the winter pressures now facing them. I pay tribute to the staff at Tameside General Hospital who are doing a hard job in very difficult circumstances.”
“However, here in Denton and Reddish it is clear that patients and hospitals are paying the price for David Cameron’s mismanagement of the NHS and for his decision to proceed with a top-down reorganisation that he promised wouldn’t happen.”
“This is an A&E crisis winter crisis of David Cameron’s own making. Instead of looking round for others to blame, this government needs to accept responsibility and develop an urgent plan to relieve the pressure. After an unprecedented summer A&E crisis it is clear they have lost control of the situation.”