Delay: The patient was at King’s College Hospital [Image: Alamy].

Delay: The patient was at King’s College Hospital [Image: Alamy].

Let us be perfectly clear about this: A patient was not kept waiting nearly two days on a hospital trolley because of failings in the NHS, but because a Conservative Government wanted it to happen.

The only reason there are any shortages in the NHS is that Conservative ministers want there to be shortages.

There is no shortage of money to fund the health service in England.

There is simply a shortage of will to fund the health service, on the part of Conservative MPs.

Think of all the tax cuts they have awarded themselves and their rich friends.

Remember: The Conservatives are underfunding the NHS in England by many billions of pounds.

People suffer because Jeremy Hunt wants them to.

A patient waited almost two days on a trolley in one of London’s biggest A&E units because of a shortage of specialist beds, it was revealed today.

King’s College Hospital, in Denmark Hill, was forced to keep the patient in its casualty department for 45 hours 50 minutes because a delay in finding a bed in a specialist psychiatric unit.

It was one of 15 cases between April and June in which the hospital trust kept patients on a trolley for more than 12 hours. All 15 were mental health patients and the delays were caused by the shortage of psychiatric beds in other hospitals.

The delays were exposed in responses to freedom of information requests by the Labour Party. They also show that St George’s Hospital in Tooting kept a patient on an A&E trolley for 36 hours 18 minutes — the second longest period in the country. This case also involved a mental health patient.

Source: Revealed: King’s College Hospital patient was left waiting almost two days on trolley | London Evening Standard

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