Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding the publication of this week’s A&E data, said:
“These figures are further evidence that A&E departments are struggling with a winter crisis and recording their worst performance in almost a year.
“Two-thirds of hospitals missed the Government’s own lowered target as thousands of extra patients waited more than four hours to be seen.
“David Cameron’s fingerprints are all over this crisis. He wasted billions on an unnecessary re-organisation, inflicted deep cuts on social care and made it harder to see a GP – all the ingredients for the current pressures in A&E. People can see that the NHS is not safe in his hands.”
The weekly A&E performance statistics can be viewed here. In the week ending 9th February 2014, 100 of the 144 NHS hospitals in England with a major A&E department, missed the government’s 4 hour waiting target.