As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport, on Tuesday 14th Michael attacked the Government for failing to tackle the NHS crisis as Barnsley Hospital again missed its target time for dealing with A&E patients.
The latest figures for January showed that Barnsley Hospital’s A&E unit saw only 87.1% of patients within four hours – well below the 95% target figure set by the Government.
However, the latest figure is an improvement on the 83.5% of patients seen at the A&E unit in December and is testament to the hard work of staff at Barnsley Hospital.
Nationally, A&E units endured the worst month on record with just 85.1% of patients seen within four hours.
Commenting, Mr Dugher said:
“This is further evidence of Theresa May and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s neglect and mismanagement of the NHS.
“The Chancellor also had the perfect opportunity with the Budget to get the health service back on track with a major cash injection, but he failed to do so.
“Thanks to the hard work of the dedicated staff at Barnsley Hospital, January’s figures for A&E waiting times have improved and are heading in the right direction.
“But almost 900 patients had to wait more than four hours in A&E in Barnsley. The Government needs to get a grip and do far more to stop these unacceptably long waits.
“People are finding it harder and harder to get a timely appointment with a GC, social care is in crisis, pharmacies are under threat and people are understandably turning up at hospital. This is a crisis made by Ministers”.
You can read Michael's full comments here.