A&E waiting time figures in Camden show Tories' "dismal record" on NHS
Approximately one in seven (16.7%) patients arriving at A&Es in North London were waiting more than four hours to be treated or admitted in October 2019, according to damning figures published by NHS England.
This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, Matt Sanders, said:
“It is shameful that patients in Hampstead and Kilburn are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.
“These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.
“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.
“There are already 10,000 unfilled NHS nursing positions across London. This will only get worse if Brexit goes ahead and we make EU nurse apply for a complicated visa. Approximately 25% of nurses at my local hospital, the Royal Free, are EU citizens and these valuable medical professionals are being driven away by Brexit.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”