Only 87% of patients arriving at A&E in Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.
This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours. Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% 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.
Danny Chambers, said: “It is shameful that patients in North Cornwall 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.
“In North Cornwall where one in four of the population is over 65, not only are our NHS services overstretched but social care services are straining at the seams too. With the severe cuts Cornwall Council has been hit with, although social services are being prioritised, much more funding, recruitment and training is needed for older people to have the support they need to be able to return home safely following a hospital stay.
“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and to develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”
The Liberal Democrats will put 1p on income tax from April 2020, with the revenue ringfenced for the NHS and social care. This is forecast to raise £35.1 billion over the next five years, Liberal Democrats will ringfence £11.2 billion of that money for mental health services, over 30% of money raised.
Doctors, nurses and other health professionals from the EU do not currently have to pay any visa fees to come and work in the NHS. However, under the Conservative’s Brexit plans people coming from the EU to work in our NHS would have to pay a visa fee of £464 each.