The Local Liberal Democrat Party for Newham, Barking and Dagenham today expressed serious concern over the Conservative Government's inability to provide the NHS with the support it needs in East London A&E's.
Only 83% of patients arriving at A&E in the East London Health & Care Partnership area (which includes Newham) were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published on 14 November 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.
With NHS staff working to capacity and undertaking amazing work with the resources they have, Conservative Government funding levels and plans for staffing in a post-Brexit world are of significant concern to our local Liberal Democrat candidates.
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.
Liberal Democrat candidate for East Ham, Michael Fox, said:
“It is shameful that patients in East London are being failed in this way, 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."
Liberal Democrat candidate for West Ham, Eimear O’Casey, added:
“The Conservatives’ extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.
The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”
The East London Health and Care Partnership area includes Newham, Tower Hamlets, the City, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering.
The October NHS figures can be found here:
The Liberal Democrats will put 1p on income tax from April 2020, with the revenue ring-fenced for the NHS and social care. This is forecast to raise £35.1 billion over the next five years, Liberal Democrats will ring-fence £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.