Mid Yorks A&E data for January lays bare scale of NHS crisis

Not a single NHS Trust in Yorkshire and the Humber hit the target for treating A&E patients in less than four hours in January, with Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust the worst performing.

NHS England figures lay bare the scale of the crisis engulfing our Health Service, with Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust treating 77.1% of patients within 4 hours or less, worse that January 2016 when the trust treated 81.% of patients in 4 hours or less, a 4.3% difference.

NHS Trusts are targeted to treat 95 per cent of emergency patients in under four hours.

Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust is the worst performing Trust in the region, but was also the one that faced the highest demand in its emergency departments, treating 4,444 patients in the first month of 2017. They managed to treat only just over three quarters of them within four hours.

Demand increased dramatically compared with the previous January just about everywhere across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Tracy Brabin MP, whose Batley and Spen seat includes Dewsbury and District Hospital, said:

“These figures show a worrying decline in the service available to people in the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust area. That barely more than three quarters of patients in January were treated in under four hours is quite simply not good enough, and shows things are getting worse rather than improving.

“It’s troubling to see that the underlying factor is the huge increase in demand with attendances up by almost a quarter in the last year alone.

“This points to deep problems in our health service – not enough GPs, not enough walk in centres, a failure of the 111 system that was supposed to replace NHS Direct, and a crisis in social care.

“The staff there are giving all they have, and I pay tribute to them, but they’re being placed under completely unsustainable pressure.

“Under such circumstances, downgrading of emergency services in Dewsbury defies any kind of logic. When patients are literally queuing out the door, downgrading a service that is already over capacity is the opposite of what is needed.

“The Health Secretary has to get out of his bunker, end his complacency and take action.”

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“These NHS performance statistics are a damning indictment of Theresa May’s neglect of our NHS. She’s overseen an unprecedented winter crisis, in which almost a thousand people waited over twelve hours on trolleys, compared to just 17 in January 2011. The Government once again missed its four hour A&E target and seems content with a 504 per cent increase in the number of patients waiting over four hours for admission since January 2011.

“Speaking to the Reform think tank earlier, Jeremy Hunt joked at his dislike of targets. This is no laughing matter: patients in this country have faced the worst winter crisis in the history of our NHS and it is shocking that Jeremy Hunt has indicated he doesn’t expect to hit the A&E target until 2018. The Health Secretary has been in position for four and a half years and this simple isn’t good enough.

“Yesterday’s Budget announcement should have been an opportunity to genuinely place the NHS on a sustainable footing. And yet the Chancellor’s mere offer of £100 million for capital funding simply isn’t enough, meaning the NHS will continue facing its biggest financial squeeze in history and head-for-head investment will fall again next year.

“The Tories are overseeing a startling collapse in standards and Theresa May is still in complete denial as to the sheer scale of the crisis. Jeremy Hunt must be clearer about what action he’s going to take to make sure patients and their families never have to go through a winter like this again.”