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Jun 12 2013

Gareth Says: A&E Queues Getting Longer

gareth_thomas_headshotGareth Thomas MP spoke in a House of Commons debate about the A&E crisis at Northwick Park Hospital and across London, as more ambulances are queuing up outside A&E units and more people are having to wait longer to be seen.

In 2010/11 just 2.9% of people attending A&E at North West London NHS Trust, which oversees Northwick Park, had to wait more than 4 hours before being seen, in the latest figures – from the financial year ending in March this year – 12.2% of people had to wait more than 4 hours.

The A&E crisis is routed in the government’s devastating cuts to budgets for social care which mean fewer older people are getting the help they need to stay healthy and independent in their own homes.

Gareth Thomas MP, said: “These figures clearly demonstrate the alarming increase in the number of people waiting more than 4 hours at our local Accident and Emergency department. With staffing shortages across the NHS having left A&E departments over-stretched and with waiting times inside A&Es increasing, David Cameron needs to explain why he prioritised a £3bn top-down re-organisation and privatisation of the NHS over improving patient care and how his plans to close A&Es won’t exacerbate this already serious problem.”

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