To celebrate 65 years of the NHS Mike Gapes MP visited the offices of the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to present them with a giant happy birthday card. He gave the card to Louise Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer of the CCG
Mike Gapes MP, said:
“I'm immensely proud of what Labour achieved in setting up the NHS and it gave me great pleasure to present this card to the CCG, it is vital we recognise the hard work of all NHS staff in what are increasingly difficult times. But I'm increasingly concerned about the growing crises in A&E services both locally and nationally.
The Tory-led Government is failing to deal with the A&E crisis as statistics show more ambulances are queuing up outside A&E units in London and more people are waiting longer before being seen.”
When Labour left office, A&E was performing well with 98% of patients seen within 4 hours. But since the 2010 general election, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours has more than doubled and ambulance queues have doubled as well.
In London the number of patients waiting longer than half an hour to be transferred from an ambulance increased from 29,909 in 2010/11 to 63,962 in 2012/13 and Barking, Havering And Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has failed to meet their 4 hour target for 35 weeks. Furthermore reports in Health Service Journal indicate that in 2012/13 the Trust maybe the worst in the country for meeting the 4 hour target.
“David Cameron and his Health Secretary have been caught looking for scapegoats instead of solutions. They need to cut the spin and get a grip without delay."