Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has attacked the Government today as doctors across the country co-signed a letter telling the Prime Minister that patients are dying prematurely because Accident and Emergency (A&E) units are at breaking point. 

In their unprecedented warning the doctors who collectively run 68 A&E departments across England told the Prime Minister in their letter that over 120 patients a day were being managed in corridors in hospitals, with “some dying prematurely”[1] because staff were so busy due to the sheer number of people needing care.

The doctors made the unprecedented warning as new figures have revealed that England’s A&Es missed their four-hour waiting time target by a record margin in December 2017 with more than 300,000 patients having to wait longer than they should. Just 85.07% of patients were seen in four hours – well below the 95% target.

Last week there was a point when 133 out of 137 hospital trusts had an unsafe number of patients on their wards, NHS records show.[2]

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Our NHS is under immense strain with a government who won’t support hard working NHS staff with the funding they need and led by a weak Health Secretary.

“There is no question that a huge amount of effort and energy has been spent by hospital staff to ensure that patients are as safe as possible during the winter crisis, but without  real and substantive change from the Government I fear we will see the same pattern emerging for some time.”

[1] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nhs-crisis-latest-patients-dying-prematurely-corridors-a-and-e-bosses-theresa-may-warning-winter-a8153551.html

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42572116

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