The Tories’ dismal record on the NHS is laid bare in the latest performance figures for local hospitals, according to St Albans’ Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Daisy Cooper.
More than one in four patients arriving at A&E in Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital were forced to wait longer than four hours to be treated or admitted.
Across the country, the waiting target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours hasn’t been met since July 2015. In our three West Hertfordshire hospitals, the latest quarterly figures show only 71.8% of patients were dealt with within four hours.
Equally damning are the number of NHS vacancies:
- More than one in ten nurse jobs are vacant (a total of 4,403 vacancies for nurses) here in the NHS East of England region
- Almost one in five mental health nurse roles are vacant (17%), and
- As many as one in ten posts for doctors were unfilled, a total of 10.7%.
Daisy Cooper, the Liberal Democrat candidate for St Albans, said:
“It’s shameful that patients in St Albans are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.
“These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.
“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses and doctors the NHS desperately needs right now.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we urgently tackle the shortage of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”