Lib Dems demand urgent explanation over ambulance queuing times at Watford

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Liberal Democrats have asked for an urgent explanation for the staggeringly high ambulance waiting times at Watford General - which are, by a long way, the worst across six counties. 

Liberal Democrat County ​Health spokesperson Chris White said: 'Figures show that more than 1000 working hours were lost while ambulances queued at this hospital - in contrast to just 200 at Luton and Dunstable, itself bad enough.

'Watford General was the worst in the entire region (which includes the six counties of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk). In total around one eighth of the delays were at Watford.

'The 1000 hours mean patients waiting in ambulances and not getting treatment. The situation is clearly critical and we need to hear from both the hospital and the ambulance trust why this is happening and what they are doing about it.'

Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate campaigning to become the next MP for St Albans, added: 

‘St Albans district patients need urgent answers from Watford General's hospital management as to whether staff shortages, additional patient pressures, or Conservative cuts - such as the recently scrapped £8.5 million grant for home care - or something else are to blame for these staggeringly high ambulance waiting times. 

‘Front-line NHS staff do an amazing job under difficult circumstances but and may need additional support to help bring these waiting times down. We need to know that there is a plan.’  

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