Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for West Worcestershire Beverley Nielsen has been speaking about the escalating crisis in the NHS:
“Despite the continued and unwavering dedication of our healthcare professionals, it is shocking to learn of the ongoing performance failures of our Worcestershire Acute Hospital. It is saddening to hear patients in West Worcestershire being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust needs to improve and this government are not the people to demand and enforce this change.
“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. It is only during an election campaign that they admit more needs to be done.
“Having visited Malvern Community Hospital last week I can see there is a need for greater integration between our acute and healthcare NHS trusts. We also have an opportunity to make greater use of the fantastic capacity offered at our community hospitals including enhanced access to minor injuries units and chronic specialised care.
“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses and doctors the NHS desperately needs. 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.”
Recently released statistics show that only 76.5% of patients arriving at A&E in Worcestershire were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published by NHS England this week. 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. This data was released the same week that Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Worcester, Robin Walker and Health Secretary Matt Hancock visited Worcester Royal Hospital to publicise their hope for a £40 million pound expansion of the A&E department.