Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has attacked the Government for failing to tackle the NHS crisis as Barnsley Hospital again missed its target time for dealing with A&E patients.
The latest figures for January showed that Barnsley Hospital’s A&E unit saw only 87.1% of patients within four hours – well below the 95% target figure set by the Government.
However, the latest figure is an improvement on the 83.5% of patients seen at the A&E unit in December and is testament to the hard work of staff at Barnsley Hospital.
According to NHS England, a total of 6,947 people attended Barnsley Hospital A&E unit in January. Of those, 894 patients waited for longer than the four-hour target time and two patients waited for more than 12 hours.
Nationally, A&E units endured the worst month on record with just 85.1% of patients seen within four hours. A total of 73,342 waited more than four hours and 988 people waited longer than 12 hours – up from 158 last January.
Said Mr Dugher: “This is further evidence of Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s neglect and mismanagement of the NHS.
“The Chancellor also had the perfect opportunity with the Budget to get the health service back on track with a major cash injection, but he failed to do so.
“Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated staff at Barnsley Hospital, January’s figures for A&E waiting times have improved and are heading in the right direction.
“But almost 900 patients had to wait more than four hours in A&E in Barnsley. The Government needs to get a grip and do far more to stop these unacceptably long waits.
criois as Barnsley “People are finding it harder and harder to get a timely appointment with a GC, social care is in crisis, pharmacies are under threat and people are understandably turning up at hospital. This is a crisis made by Ministers”.