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Shocking impact of cold snap revealed with 27% increase in patients stuck in ambulances for over an hour

Labour
reveals “shocking” impact of cold snap with 27% increase in patients stuck in
ambulances for over an hour

Labour’s
analysis of the latest weekly winter data (4 December to 10 December) released
today by NHS England reveals almost 2,500 patients were stuck in ambulances for
over an hour in just one week.

Labour’s
analysis of the latest NHS England combined performance data also reveals a
shocking 62% increase in the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks
for operations in just seven years.

Jonathan
Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary,
responding to
the latest NHS Weekly Winter and Monthly Combined Performance statistics, said:

“Last
week’s cold snap demonstrated once again the crisis facing our NHS this winter
and Government inaction will only make the challenge facing the NHS that much
harder.

“Patients
will be deeply concerned that despite the heroic efforts of our brilliant NHS
staff, there was a shocking 27% increase in the number of patients stuck for
over an hour in the back of an ambulance in just one week.

“Despite
the pressures which all frontline NHS staff were warning of, the winter fund
announced in the Budget has still not been fully allocated to struggling
Trusts. Patients expect ministers to urgently get a grip.”