Don Valley MP slams government over A&E crisis

MP Caroline Flint.
MP Caroline Flint.

Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint, has slammed the Tory-led government for failing to deal with the A&E crisis over longer waiting times locally.

She says statistics show people in Yorkshire and The Humber are waiting longer before being seen.

She said when Labour left office, A&E was performing well with 98 per cent of patients seen within four hours. But she said since the 2010 general election, the number of patients waiting over four hours has more than doubled.

She added that in 2012/13 Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust failed to meet the four-hour target for 31 weeks, and in the past six months the target has been met only four times.

Caroline Flint said: “In Don Valley, and across Doncaster, the mismanagement of the NHS has been happening from the day David Cameron set foot in Downing Street, beginning with an expensive and unnecessary NHS reorganisation that cost millions in South Yorkshire alone.

“Now the NHS has fewer nurses, walk in centres have been closed or changed and now patients are waiting too long at A&E.”

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said: “This is a crisis of David Cameron’s own making. Instead of casting round for others to blame, David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt need to accept responsibility and develop an urgent plan to relieve the pressure.

“The government’s devastating cuts to budgets for elderly care are a major cause of the A&E crisis. Fewer older people are getting the care they need at home, meaning more are having to be admitted to hospital, and more get stuck in hospital beds at the end of their treatment because the help isn’t there at home.

“David Cameron and his Health Secretary have been caught looking for scapegoats instead of solutions. They need to cut the spin and get a grip without delay.”