Patients and hospitals are paying the price for the Prime Minister's mismanagement of the NHS. The unfolding crisis in A&E is a clear and visible symptom of a system under pressure with ambulances queuing up outside A&E, patients waiting on trolleys and waiting longer in A&E.
Almost 4,500 nursing jobs have been lost since May 2010 and those losses are putting patients’ lives at risk. Recently released figures show that major A&E units across Yorkshire & the Humber are seriously struggling and have consistently missed their waiting times targets over the last six months.
The Government has tried to blame everybody else for this chaos, a point I raised with the Health Secretary in the House of Commons today. The NHS needs leadership but instead it has a Prime Minister who is taking it backwards.