December 9, 2014

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Staff are doing all they can to try to cope but the reality is that under this government, it is taking longer to be seen at A&E. 

The latest figures across Merseyside Hospitals show that the number of patients not being seen within four hours is above the target set by the government. 
This has been the case for a long time and if we have a really cold spell this winter, the problems could well lead to a full blown crisis at A&E. 
This is the result of a top down re-organisation of the NHS which wasted billions that should have been spent on patient care. 
It is also because council budgets have been cut in half meaning there are not the social workers to help look after people at home or help them go home when they are ready to leave hospital. 
And it is because there is a chronic shortage of GPs so people who cannot get an appointment to see their family doctor go to A&E instead. 
This is a real problem at surgeries across my constituency in Formby, Hightown, Maghull, Thornton and in Melling. 
The Tory Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt let the cat out of the bag last week when he admitted that he took his own children to A&E because he could not get a GP appointment. 
If Jeremy Hunt cannot get an appointment with his doctor, what hope is there for the rest of us? 
We face a growing crisis at A&E and at GP surgeries and the reality is that the government has caused this to happen. 
At present, the NHS has to pay large sums of money to competition lawyers to try to win contracts against private companies. 
The private sector is winning 70% of all contracts as services are put out to tender and each privately run contract spends money on shareholders which the NHS would spend on patient care. 
Labour would reverse the privatisation and the money wasted on privatisation by scrapping the Health and Social Care Act. 
And we would recruit the doctors, nurses and specialists we need as well as investing in an integrated health and social care service. 
We need to rebuild our NHS to make sure that A&E and the rest of our NHS are able to offer the very best care when people most need it. 
Labour will do just that if we win the election next year.