A&E waiting times ‘shameful’ says Mid Sussex Lib Dem election candidate

A&E waiting times figures published by NHS England have been described as ‘shameful’.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 5:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 4:14 pm

Robert Eggleston, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mid Sussex, said the ‘damning’ figures, which were published on Saturday (November 16), were ‘well below the official target’.

He told the Middy: “Only 87.6 per cent of patients arriving at A&E in Sussex and East Surrey Health & Care Partnership were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today (Saturday) by NHS England.

“This is well below the official target of 95 per cent of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

Lim Dem Mid Sussex election candidate Robert Eggleston outside the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath
Lim Dem Mid Sussex election candidate Robert Eggleston outside the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath

“Nationally, the 95 per cent waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015.

“Only 83.6 per cent 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.

“It is shameful that patients in Sussex are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

“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.

“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses 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.”

Mr Eggleston is also leader of Burgess Hill Town Council.

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