Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has slammed Government NHS underfunding after the latest figures revealed that just 81.6% of patients who attended A&E departments at Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust hospitals in March were seen within four hours.
Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury and District, Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals, fell well below the national target of 95% – and saw a significant increase in wait times compared to March 2017 where 92.6% of A&E attendees were seen within four hours.
The latest figures, released by NHS England, show the worst A&E waiting times since records began across the country, with just 84.6% of people visiting A&Es being admitted, treated or discharged within the four hour timeframe.
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “We have doctors, nurses and hospital staff working tirelessly to help people but they are hamstrung by a Government that refuses to acknowledge a crisis of its own making.
“Year after year of underfunding by the Conservative Government has led to this shocking new low and the figures highlight just how desperate the need for proper investment in the NHS has become.
“The NHS is one our nation’s proudest assets, but staff pay freezes, underfunding to health and social care and a recruitment crisis caused by Government policy is putting its future at risk.
“As we have seen through the winter, Pinderfields Hospital is already under incredible pressure, and with the downgrades at Dewsbury District and the reclassification of Pontefract’s emergency department, the picture is not likely to improve.”
“It is time for the Government to face up to what is happening and give the NHS the investment it desperately needs.”
The figures were released in the week that an investigation by the Labour party revealed that thousands of NHS beds have been left unused in ‘ghost’ wards since 2006.
As of 1st September 2017 there were 1,429 beds locked inside ‘ghost’ wards – an 185% increase compared with 1 September 2013.
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The full statistics for Mid Yorks NHS Trust and for across England can be found here https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/