MP slams Government as local A&E targets missed again

Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has slammed the Government after new figures revealed Barnsley Hospital missed its A&E target for another month.

The figures, released by NHS England, show that for the second consecutive month, over 1000 people waited more than four hours to be seen in Barnsley Hospital’s casualty department.

With 7275 people attending A&E in January, this means that just 85.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, far below the target of 95 per cent.

The figure is lower than December’s number of 85.9 per cent of patients being seen in this time, and shows local A&E targets have now not been met since July.

Barnsley Hospital’s struggles reflect those nationally, in which the number of A&E patients seen within four hours in January was the second-worst month on record, following the joint-worst month in December since the target was introduced.

The figures follow reports that NHS bosses have abandoned the four-hour target until April 2019.

Local MP Stephanie Peacock has praised the work of the local hospital in the face of unprecedented cuts from the Government.

She said: “Once again we can see that despite the incredible efforts of the hard-working staff at Barnsley Hospital, both patients and staff are being let down badly by this Government.

“For the second month in a row more than 1000 patients were forced to wait more than four hours in casualty, whilst targets how now been missed every month since July.

“Eight years of appalling underfunding and chronic cuts from this Government have had a devastating impact on our local health services and those across the country. This a crisis made by Tory Ministers.”

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