Thursday 19 September 2019 / 1:32 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

NHS ‘in crisis’ as trolley waits increase 1,400% under Tories

The number of people waiting longer than four hours in A&E after a decision has been made to admit them into hospital has risen by more than 1,400% since the Conservatives came to power, new Labour analysis finds.

The figures come after a parent, Omar Salem, confronted the Prime Minister at Whipps Cross hospital on Wednesday about his personal experience of the effect of cuts and staff shortages on the treatment of his one week old daughter.

In August 2010, the number of trolley waits stood at 3,697. The figure is now 56,499, a rise of 1,428%.

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

“Omar Salem was speaking from the personal experience of a parent, but it reflects an NHS now in crisis.

“Waiting lists were slashed under the last Labour government, but 10 years of cuts and staffing shortages under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have led to a predictable deterioration of care with waiting times rocketing.

“It is totally unacceptable that so many people are left languishing.

“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS. The truth is, as Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser admits, they simply don’t care about it.”