Thursday 8 November 2018 / 12:09 PM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Today’s figures reveal an NHS under continued, intense pressure with dismal consequences for patients – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to today’s NHS statistics which show that October had the joint lowest percentage of patients seen within 4 hours in A&E for any October since records began, said:

“Today’s figures reveal an NHS under continued, intense pressure with dismal consequences for patients. We are heading into winter on the back of the worst October on record for A&E and 12 hour waits for hospital admission from the summer onwards being around twice as high as 2017.

“What’s more, with over 550,000 patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment, often in pain and distress, ministers cannot continue ducking their responsibilities towards bringing constitutional waiting time standards back under control.

“There wasn’t a penny extra for hospitals this winter in the Budget, yet ministers are quickly ratcheting up uncosted promises from the NHS budget over the next five years.

“Patients waiting longer and longer in pain for treatment want action now and will expect the Secretary of State to outline a plan to reduce waiting lists and ensure the four hour target is met.”