Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has responded with anger towards the Government as new NHS waiting times figures have revealed that the number of patients waiting for treatment has hit its highest level in a decade.
The latest figures for NHS England showed the health service continues to struggle to match demand. With no substantial rise in health spending under the Tory government the number of patients waiting for routine surgery in England is now at its highest level since 2007 the figures have confirmed.
Current NHS targets aim to treat 92% of people within 18 weeks, however, since June 2016 there has been an increase of more than 21% in the numbers waiting longer than 18 weeks to 373,182.
Added to this, figures for Accident and Emergency waiting times for July this year showed 90.3 per cent of patients spent four hours or less in A&E, missing NHS England’s 95 per cent target, which was last achieved in July 2015.
Worryingly, the set of figures also revealed that targets for cancer patients to receive first treatment within two months of being referred by their GP were not being met, as well as failing to meet the target for 93 per cent of patients with breast cancer symptoms to visit a consultant within two weeks of being referred by a family doctor.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“As each month passes we get a better idea of what a Tory NHS looks like – underfunded, waiting times rising each quarter, missed targets and more patients suffering.
“Across the board, a combination of government under funding and neglect has pushed NHS services to the brink.
“I’ll be talking to local hospital bosses to see what can be done to improve services, but for the sake of patients and their families, the Prime Minister has to start giving the NHS the attention it needs today.”