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.
The NHS figures can be found here:
Responding to data from the Trussell Trust which shows April to September 2019 to be the busiest half-year period for food banks in their network since the charity opened, Danny Chambers said:
“The UK remains one of the world’s richest countries, yet for six months of this year 823,145 emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis.
“Unemployment is low in Cornwall but poverty levels are high and that is because more than 40% of people earn less than the living wage. People are working hard and they’re working long hours, yet they are still having to go to foodbanks to feed their children.”
“40% of children in Camelford and Bodmin are going to school hungry. Most of them have parents in full time work and they are playing by the rules. They cannot get a decent standard of living and that is absolutely wrong.”
Yvonne King, knows the plight of those facing in-work-poverty as the Manager of Launceston Food Bank, says: “55% of the clients who use the Launceston Food Bank are in work, but worse off. They are not on benefits.”
“People using Launceston Food Bank consider themselves lucky if they earn the living wage of £9/hour. With rents reaching £700/month, electricity costs and limited public transport in North Cornwall it can be very costly for the worst-off financially.”
Danny added, “Following years of brutal Tory cuts in North Cornwall, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to end poverty by tackling low wages and to build a fairer economy, ensuring every child has the best start in life.”
Yvonne thanked the community of Launceston for its ongoing generosity. Over the next few weeks, in the lead up to Christmas, the most overlooked donations can be the basics. Any donations of tinned meat, tinned vegetables and pasta sauces would be most appreciated by the Food Bank.
Link to Trussell Trust announcement: https://www.trusselltrust.org/2019/11/13/april-sept-2019-foodbank-figures/
Danny Chambers was formally adopted as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall at a packed party meeting in Camelford on Saturday 16 November.
Responding to the news that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will not be standing a candidate in North Cornwall, Liberal Democrat candidate Danny Chambers says:
"Nigel Farage's announcement today demonstrates that the Brexit Party and Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are now one and the same – both taking advice from Donald Trump to work and campaign together. Both want to see an extreme Brexit that will damage our agricultural economy, public services and limit opportunities for future generations. More importantly than Brexit, the biggest issue of our time is climate change and, like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, Scott Mann’s parliamentary voting record demonstrates that he does not take it seriously by consistently voting against measures to prevent it*.
“Not standing a Brexit Party candidate in North Cornwall demonstrates that both parties know that the Liberal Democrats are well positioned and campaigning tirelessly to take the North Cornwall seat from the Conservatives. This General Election is one that will shape the country we live in for years to come – an extreme version of Brexit is not what people in North Cornwall voted for.”