MP’s ‘real concern’ after NHS stats reveal high A&E waiting times and bed occupancy levels

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31 Jul 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has responded to stats from the House of Commons Library showing a poor performance from Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust compared to other Trusts across the country on A&E waiting times and bed occupancy levels.

Margaret Greenwood has said that she has ‘real concern’ about the potential impact on Wirral West residents.

WUTH runs Arrowe Park Hospital and has a presence at other sites across Wirral including Clatterbridge Health Park.

It was revealed in the figures that in May, 27.7% of patients spent longer than four hours in A&E in Wirral compared with 20.9% nationally. Wirral was the 91st out of 119 Trusts reporting data for that month.

For June, 24.1% of patients waited longer than 4 hours, compared to the national figure of 21.2%.

The figures from the House of Commons Library also revealed that general and acute bed occupancy at WUTH was 92.9% in the first quarter of 2019. This was higher than the national average of 91.7%.

There is much debate around what percentage of bed occupancy represents a safe level, with the Royal Colleges of Emergency Medicine and Surgery stating that 85% would be a suitable bed occupancy benchmark to ensure the safety of patients.

NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, has previously advised that occupancy rates above 90% should be viewed with concern.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“These statistics around A&E waiting times and high levels of general and acute bed occupancy are a matter of real concern.

“The figures for the number of people waiting longer than four hours in A&E in May and June was well above the national average.

“Bed occupancy is also higher than it should be according to guidance from experts.

"Local people value Arrowe Park Hospital and the people who work there very highly. That the hospital is faring poorly when compared with others around the country is a matter for real concern."

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For more information please contact the office of Margaret Greenwood MP on 0207 219 6827

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