NHS England records worst ever performance figures under Tory mismanagement

Hospitals only treated 83% of A&E patients within four hours, way below the 95% standard they are meant to achieve [Image: Islandstock / Alamy/Alamy].

No doubt David Cameron will still protest that the English NHS is better than Wales – even though it should now be obvious to everyone that it isn’t.

If you want proof, look at the cancer treatment statistics. In Wales, cancer treatment is of a very high standard.

The NHS recorded its worst ever performance in in the first month of the year as services struggled to cope with unprecedented demand for A&E care, hospital beds and emergency ambulances.

Hundreds of thousands of patients were forced to wait longer than they should for time-critical care.

The latest monthly performance data released on Thursday by NHS England show how hospitals buckled badly during January, partly because the traditional “winter pressures” arrived later than usual.

A total of 212,136 patients waited more than the maximum four hours to be admitted, transferred or discharged from hospital A&E units – the highest number ever. Hospitals only treated 83% of A&E patients within four hours, way below the 95% standard they are meant to achieve.

Similarly, the largest number of patients ever – 263,445 – waited more than the supposed maximum of 18 weeks to have planned care in hospital, such as a hernia or cataract operation.

Record numbers of cancer patients were also not seen within NHS-wide time limits, with hospitals breaching two of the eight waiting time targets covering the disease.

Only 81% of people referred by their GP to have a first treatment for cancer within 62 days got that – it should be 85%.

And cancer services also failed to ensure that 93% of patients with suspected breast cancer saw a consultant for the first time within two weeks, only managing 92.4% against that standard.

Source: NHS records worst ever performance figures | Society | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “NHS England records worst ever performance figures under Tory mismanagement

  1. mohandeer

    Somewhere in my train wreck of a filing system are the statistics of Tory Government “real” spending on the NHS which of course refutes Cameron’s claims that there has been more NHS spending under the Tory Govt. than was previously invested by Labour. If I find it and can trace back the link I will post it. The underfunding of the NHS is the reason why it is now under performing and getting rid of so many nurses and Doctors in the first year of coalition govt. didn’t help, because the NHS now has to spend far too much money on agency staff. Coalition spends fortune on incentive payments for nurses to leave then Tory government forces NHS to spend unnecessarily on Agency staff to replace the nurses who have left. If anyone can explain to me the Tory mind set and inability to work out basic math. please feel free to do so.

  2. Dez

    Would be good if they would just produce honest stats and data rather than remaining silent or producing tons of “do-do” that lie that the NHS is safe in thier hands….NOT.
    Under the very noses of the whole population that Infamous cretinous, the Hunt, has effectively destroyed the moral and basic fabric of the NHS with failed privitisation schemes.still charging ahead without pausing for reconsideration despite escalationg costs and failures……ie burning the boats so nothing can be restored or returned to as it was..

  3. Terry Davies

    closure of hospitals tax cuts for corporations, lack of funding, privatisation of services, lack of trainng for staff, Health Care Insurances like BUPA and other USA based insurance companies all contribute to problems in service provision and standards in the NHS. Even if there was more spending the costs of funding : private agencies ie for Nursing and substandard cleaning, and wage bonuses and increases of Trust Directors, Sabbaticals of management, private shareholders, including those of ambulance companies etc will never improve the NHS.
    NHS England are used by Cameron to present doomsday figures for Hunt and Cameron to justify low wages for nurses and doctors on the frontline.
    Cameron hides behind the lie of the doomsday figures in wales and uses those provided in england to justify more privatisation and expenditure which finds its way into the pockets of greedy directors in Trusts and to greedy tory election coffers.
    Trust directors and tories want to undermine the NHS until its privatised and tories, greedy directors, and shareholders of the various corporations and insurance companies can increase profits from the misery of those physically and or mentally disabled and their families. the die is cast by NHS doomsday figures supporting the tory designs to make the wealthy more wealthy and the despondent poor more despondent and more poor.

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