A&E Units Struggling

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01 May 2013

Figures show that major A&E units across Yorkshire are struggling and have consistently missed their waiting times targets over the last six months.

Staffing shortages across the NHS have left A&E departments over-stretched and under severe pressure, with reports of ambulances queuing outside and patients left on trolleys for hours on end.

Yorkshire has lost 1,224 nurses since May 2010 and data published by the new NHS England body shows that the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours has been missed by the A&E unit at Rotherham Hospital in 12 of the last 26 weeks, with a total of 2,157 people having to wait more than four hours before being seen.

The Prime Minister promised the NHS would be safe on his watch but instead his Government has haemorrhaged thousands of nurses and done nothing whilst A&Es struggled through the winter.

Patients should not be subjected to poor care because of Ministers' failings. The Government must devise an urgent plan to bring all A&Es up to the required standard and ensure there are enough staff on the ground across the NHS to provide the safe care we need.