MP’s concern as A&E waiting times in Wirral soar for the month of September

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01 Nov 2019
Margaret Greenwood, the MP for Wirral West, has spoken out as the latest figures for Accident and Emergency waiting times in England revealed that 35.5% of people admitted in Wirral in September 2019 waited for more than four hours to be seen.

This figure is up considerably from 30.4% in August, 26.8% in July and 24.1% in June.

The statistics, available on NHS England’s website, show that, in September 2019, across the UK, 23% of people who attended major A&E departments spent more than four hours there before they were either admitted, transferred or discharged:

Margaret Greenwood said:

“These latest figures are really worrying and display a trend whereby A&E waiting times in Wirral have got increasingly worse over the past few months.

“I am concerned about the impact that this could have on patients and hard-working staff.

“I will be writing to the Chief Executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust at Arrowe Park to seek assurances that plans are in place so that the hospital can meet demand this winter.

“Indeed, trends across the country are a matter of real concern, with cancer waiting times being the worst on record, waiting lists for treatment rising to record levels, and waits for diagnostic tests being at their highest level since 2008.

“The number of qualified permanent GPs in Wirral is also down over the past year, with the latest figures from June 2019 showing that there are now just 190.

“Labour will increase the number of GP trainees in England from 3,500 to 5,000 per year to relieve the strain on surgeries and patients waiting for appointments. Delivering this number of GPs would mean an estimated 27 million extra GP appointments each year.

“It’s vital we have a government that will sort out the workforce shortages in our NHS.”