“These figures are another grim reminder that Tory health policies have failed and pushed the NHS to the brink of disaster.” - Diane Abbott
commenting on NHS England’s combined performance summary for May 2016, Diane Abbot said:
“These figures are another grim reminder that Tory health policies have failed and pushed the NHS to the brink of disaster.
“The NHS has been on its knees for years now. In a clear false economy, cuts to social care mean more and more patients languish in hospitals. Waiting lists are growing, and once again, the Government is failing patients by missing key targets on cancer treatment and A&E waiting times.
“For a whole year now response times for most urgent calls for an ambulance have missed their target. It is also the second consecutive month of record high numbers of patients being delayed leaving hospital.
“Ministers need to act now to undo the damage this Tory Government has done to our NHS and to improve vital service for patients”.
figures released by NHS England today show that the Government is failing to get a grip on the crisis facing the NHS.
• The Government has once again missed its target for patients to start first treatment for cancer within 62 days, with just 81.4 per cent starting treatment within 62 days. This target has not been met since December 2015.
• 70.5% of Category A emergency calls were answered within 8 minutes, well short of the 75% target, which has now missed for an entire year
• Over 115,00 days were lost to delayed discharges – the highest number since records began in 2010 according to NHS England
• The number of people waiting longer than 4 hours in A&E departments has increased from 53,607 in May 2011 to 197,011 in May 2016
• 14.6 per cent of all hospital A&E (type 1) patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours in May 2016
• Call waiting times and calls answered by the NHS 111 are still below target and unacceptably poor. In data for May 2016 just 91.6% of 111 calls were answered at all