Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has criticised the Coalition Government for cutting nurses and putting patients’ lives at risk as figures show that major A&E units across the North West are struggling and have consistently missed their waiting times targets over the last six months.
Staffing shortages across the NHS have left A&E departments over-stretched and under severe pressure, with reports of ambulances queuing outside and patients left on trolleys for hours on end.
The North West has lost 1,105 nurses since May 2010 and data published by the new NHS England body shows that the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours has been missed by A&E units across the region.
Bucking the trend was Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Hospital which met the target in 21 of the 26 weeks to April 2013. When contrasted with neighbouring A&E locations at Bolton (10 weeks) and Warrington (14 weeks) Wigan’s MP has paid tribute to the management and staff at the Royal Albert Edward Hospital in being the best performing A&E department during this period.
Lisa Nandy MP said: “It is completely unacceptable that people are queuing for emergency care in ambulances, waiting rooms and hospital corridors because of this Coalition’s sweeping cuts and chaotic reforms. This is a Government that simply cannot be trusted with the NHS.
“Despite Coalition Government attempts to swing a wrecking-ball through the health service, the people of Wigan are rightly proud that their hospital still has one of the best performing A&E Departments.
“It is a tribute to Wigan’s nurses, doctors and hospital staff that we have such a good local service and I have promised them I will fight to protect it in the months ahead.”