As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle,Barnsley News and Sport and the Sheffield Star, Michael has raised fears of a winter crisis in the NHS, as alarming figures show Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times have increased.
NHS figures show the percentage of people seen in under four hours at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has dropped from 95.4 per cent in August to 90.9 per cent in October.
A&E departments are set to struggle this winter after the Government cut local authorities’ social care budgets, meaning hospitals have become dangerously full because older people are unable to get the care they need in the community.
Commenting Michael said:
"Barnsley Hospital and GP services are working very hard in very difficult circumstances to deliver healthcare services, and it is good news that Barnsley is performing particularly well on cancer waiting times.
"But massive cuts to local Government and changes to the NHS are making it harder for doctors and nurses to do their jobs, with an increase in the number of people waiting four or more hours to be seen in A&E.
"We need the Government to get to grips with this problem before the winter crisis in our A&E departments gets even worse.”