MA research shows ‘temporary’ beds occupied routinely – Ashworth responds
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to BMA research revealing that patients are routinely being cared for in ‘temporary’ beds, said:
“The use of escalation beds is yet another sign that hospitals are struggling to cope under continued pressure. We know this is compromising patient care.
“The Tories and, in Coalition, the Lib Dems have run down the NHS and imposed the biggest funding squeeze in its history. Ministers should be ashamed that years of cuts to beds, to social care and to funding have led to some of the worst bed occupancy rates in hospitals.
“The next Labour government will give the NHS the extra resources to ensure we have the quality of care patients deserve.”
Notes to editors
BMA research that will be published 00.01hrs Saturday, 22 June reveals that patients are routinely being cared for in ‘temporary’ beds because hospitals in England are struggling to cope with