Stephanie Blames Government for A&E Waiting Time Failure

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 19th January, Stephanie has attacked the Government for failing to prevent an NHS crisis, as Barnsley Hospital missed its target time for dealing with A&E patients.

The latest figures for December show that only 85.9 per cent of patients attending Barnsley Hospital A&E were seen within four hours – well below the 95 per cent target.

According to NHS England’s figures, a total of 7413 people attended A&E in Barnsley in December. Of these, 1054 were forced to wait longer than the four-hour target.

Nationally, A&E units endured one of their toughest ever months, with only 85.1 per cent of patients seen within four hours – one of the worst levels on record.

Commenting, Stephanie said:

“These figures once again demonstrate the completely preventable strain this Government’s woeful mismanagement has forced on our NHS.

“Hard-working staff at Barnsley Hospital continue to do an incredible job with what they can, but the lack of resources and support is clear.

“Over 1000 patients were forced to wait for more than four hours in A&E in December.

“Theresa May and her bungling Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have treated our vital NHS services with neglect for far too long.

“They need to get a grip of the situation, because it’s local residents here in Barnsley who will suffer until they do.”