Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has strongly criticised the Government after figures from the NHS reveal that 12,780 people across Stockport and Tameside had to wait more than four hours for emergency care at A&E during July.
Shockingly, 392 people spent more than 12 hours waiting for emergency care. Just 64% of people were seen within four hours in Tameside, and 61% in Stockport. The NHS says that 95% of patients should be admitted, transferred or discharged in that time.
Accident and emergency departments across the country are facing huge pressures. As the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries recently admitted, a decade of Conservative mismanagement left the health service “wanting and inadequate” when the pandemic struck.
There are now also 6.73 million people on the NHS waiting list in England as of June 2022. This is the highest ever recorded. At the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, following a decade of Tory mismanagement there were 4.4 million people on the NHS waiting list in England, then a record high. Nationally, the standard of 92% of people seen within 18 weeks of a referral has not been met since 2016. Now, 1 in every 9 people in England are on the NHS waiting list.
The NHS went into the latest wave of Covid infections with the longest waiting list ever, understaffed and overstretched.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“These figures are absolutely shocking. Thanks to Tory mismanagement, patients across Stockport and Tameside are being forced to wait for hours and often in serious pain.
Our NHS staff do a truly heroic job, but the NHS has been systematically underfunded and neglected by this Conservative Government over the last 12 years.
Our NHS is crying out for a change in government to give us the fresh start we need.”
Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:
“Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are living in a fantasy world where the NHS isn’t worth mentioning. The truth is the health service is facing the biggest crisis in its history, with one in every eight people waiting for care. The Conservative leadership candidates have no plans to even begin to fix this.
“Among those 6.7 million on waiting lists, there could be a huge number of undiagnosed conditions like cancer. Record waiting times have a cost in lives.
“More patients than ever before are left waiting an entire day to be seen for emergency conditions. 24 hours in A&E was just a TV programme, now it’s the reality under the Conservatives.
“The next Labour government will get patients treated on time by providing the NHS with the staff, equipment and modern technology it needs.”