East of England Euro MP Alex Mayer called on Theresa May to provide urgent funding to tackle the ongoing NHS crisis and avoid another repeat of this unprecedented winter crisis ever again.
Figures released by NHS England show that both Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had a staggering average bed occupancy of 99.1% between 20th November 2017 and 4th March 2018, the 6th and 7th worst figure in the country respectively. Further figures showed that North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust experienced 1,433 Ambulance handover delays of over 60 minutes the 4th worst figure in the country.
Ms Mayer said “Patients and staff are emerging from yet another appalling and entirely predictable winter crisis. Despite the heroic efforts of NHS staff, eight years of severe underfunding have left our National Health Service teetering on the brink of collapse, leaving thousands of patients languishing in the back of ambulances and being diverted from A&E Departments nationwide this winter.
“Labour has warned repeatedly that the NHS funding squeeze imposed by the Government is damaging standards of patient care. It’s why we offered an extra £6 billion a year for the NHS in our manifesto and guaranteed the main 4 hour A&E target would finally be met again consistently. Back in September, we also called for an immediate £500 million winter fund to help ease upcoming additional pressures.
“Labour is now calling on the Government to end this winter of misery, which is increasingly stretching into an all year round crisis. Ministers must finally give the NHS the support and resources it urgently needs to ensure patients and their families never suffer a winter crisis like last year ever again.”