Hospital Accident and Emergency departments are in need of emergency treatment as the country heads towards on of the coldest winters in decades – according to UKIP’s Health spokesman Louise Bours MEP.
The comments came following a fresh report out today from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, that A and E problems are on the rise and ‘the worst is yet to come’. The report showed that only 88% of patients arriving at A and E were being seen within the four hours, while the target is set at 95% and that one-in-five beds were occupied by patients that were well enough to leave but were prevented by there being a lack of community services care to look after them after discharge. The report is of particular concern because of the rate of decline in the service. In October 92% of patients were being seen within the four hour target, whereas just one month later the figure has dropped by 4%.
Louise Bours MEP, UKIP’s Health spokesman said: “This is extremely worrying news as we go into what is expected to be a very cold winter. The government say they are throwing money at the NHS but they forget they have been in power for over 5 years, letting it get into this state.
“Although most hospitals have increased their number of beds, it is not enough to cope with the lack of social care available since the government’s slowness to join-up health and social care, as UKIP and NHS England have suggested.
“With the other missed targets such as ambulance response time, cancer care and diagnostic testing, the NHS is in the worst shape for a generation at the worst possible time of year.
“If the government don’t give the NHS the immediate emergency treatment it requires, right now, many will hold them responsible for any rise in cold weather related deaths we see this year.”