As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and the Barnsley Chronicle, on Thursday 9th February, Michael accused the Government of presiding over a National Health Service at breaking point, after figures released show patients treated under four hours at Barnsley Hospital Accident and Emergency Department in December fell to a new low of 83.5 per cent.
The Government targets 95 per cent of A&E patients to be treated within four hours, but this figure at Barnsley Hospital fell from 87.7% in November to only 83.5% in December.
Barnsley Hospital has not met these target since August, treating only 94.7% of patients within four hours in September, 93.2% in October, and 87.7% in November.
Nationally, the figures for January suggest a record number of people spent more than four hours waiting in A&E units, whilst a record number more waited for more than twelve hours.
Commenting, Michael said:
“The Government is presiding over a National Health Service at breaking point, with Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May in complete denial.
It's harder than ever to see your GP and A&E has come under enormous strain, but these latest figures on waiting times are genuinely shocking.
Cuts of £4.6 billion to the social care budget have left hospitals unable to discharge patients and cut the number of available hospital beds.
Hospitals are overcrowded, understaffed and underfunded. The Government’s disastrous policies, including cuts to community pharmacies, will only make things worse.
The staff at Barnsley Hospital do a fantastic job in increasingly difficult circumstances, and it is high-time our Government got a grip and gave them the support they deserve.”