This year’s NHS crisis has begun as patients experience sharp rising in A&E waiting times

The ambulance bay at Bristol Royal Infirmary [Image: Matt Cardy/Getty Images].

As Jeremy Corbyn put it, “This is completely unacceptable.

“Growing pressure on our NHS means more people waiting longer in ambulances and A&E departments having to divert more patients to other hospitals.”

Of course it is entirely in line with the claim that the Tories are trying to make the health service look incompetent in order to make a profit-making, privatised health system seem more attractive.

The minority Tory government may say it isn’t planning to sell off the NHS, but the recent announcement that the UK is holding private trade talks with the USA is a red flag to everybody who ever cared about the health service.

Of course, the real losers in this situation are the service users.

Growing numbers of patients taken to hospital by ambulance are having to wait an hour or more before they are handed over to A&E staff for treatment, NHS England figures show.

In the week to last Sunday, 17 December, one in seven such patients faced a delay of at least 30 minutes in the back of an ambulance or an area of the hospital where the crew look after them, up from one in eight the week before.

Hospitals are finding it impossible to stick to tough rules brought in for this winter by NHS England and NHS Improvement requiring that no patient should have to wait more than 15 minutes.

In a further sign of the extra pressure the NHS is under this winter, the number of times A&E units had to temporarily divert patients elsewhere because they could not cope with the demand for care rose from 25 the previous week to 30.

Source: NHS figures show sharp rise in patients waiting for A&E care | Society | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “This year’s NHS crisis has begun as patients experience sharp rising in A&E waiting times

  1. hippyatheart11

    How many beds in NHS hospitals are being used by patients who have no where suitable for them to go, such as dementia patients ? Is it true that there has been a drop of 95% of people applying for NHS jobs since Brexit ?

  2. Christine Cullen

    Elective surgery under pressure too. I’ve had a knee replacement postponed from Dec to Feb. SW London area. Had the first one done 2 years ago. No delays then. It’s all going downhill, just as Hunt planned. Next thing they’ll be privatising the unit that handles this in the area. I’m sure Branson is waiting in the wings somewhere.

  3. Carol Fraser

    IMF prediction, the last lot are now coming to fruition, Brext or NHS. Have the former won’t be able to afford the latter

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