Labour's Bill Esterson says new data shows the Tory-Lib Dem Gove

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said new data shows not just an A&E Crisis but an NHS Crisis brought on by Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts and an ideologically driven agenda to privatise our health service.

Bill said the data showed government policies were failing the NHS and its patients.

Bill said: "What this data shows me is that this Tory-Lib Dem Government's agenda for the NHS is failing patients.

"They have brought in changes which are in the interests of big business rather than patients and they have cut so much that our hospitals are at breaking point.

"The consequence is what we are seeing now, a crisis not just in A&E but throughout the NHS.

"Our dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and ambulance crews are on the front line and they are feeling the brunt of this government's failed policies.

"It's clear that 2013 has been the worst year in A&E for at least a decade, with one million people waiting more than four hours to be seen and the first summer A&E crisis in living memory. The NHS stands in an even worse position than last year, with fewer nurses, fewer beds, a shortage of senior A&E doctors and social care support further reduced.

"And the pressure on A&E has become even more intolerable since alternatives to casualty were taken away. The dismantling of NHS Direct, a trusted and established service, ranks as one of this government’s worst acts of vandalism. The privatised 111 service has replaced nurses with call handlers and computers who too often send people to A&E unnecessarily."

Bill EstersonBill said there are also deeper causes to the crisis.

Bill said: "The government's devastating cuts to budgets for social care mean fewer older people are getting the help they need to stay healthy and independent in their own homes, something I spoke about in the debate on the Care Bill in parliament on December 16.

"All these pressures have taken a toll on our A&E. That’s why I went along to our A&E at Fazakerley Hospital to speak to the frontline staff and see what their concerns were.

"I saw patients on trolleys waiting to be admitted at A&E and I saw the ambulance crews still looking after their patients, unable to go to their next call. 

"When I spoke to the staff they told me of their concerns. And elsewhere in the hospital I met patients and staff making the best of the limited resources and heard how difficult it can be to discharge people to go home due to the cuts in social services. Staff are doing their best but it was clear to me that the cuts made by the government has created a crisis which could spill over at any time this winter.

"David Cameron’s fingerprints are all over this winter A&E crisis. But his response so far is: 'Crisis, what crisis?'

"The NHS urgently needs him to snap out of this complacency."



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