Labour Councillor Rachael Saunders has criticised the Government for cutting nurses and putting patients’ lives at risk after figures showed that major A&E units across East London are struggling and have consistently missed their waiting times targets over the last six months.
Staffing shortages across the NHS have left A&E departments over-stretched and under severe pressure, with reports of ambulances queuing outside and patients left on trolleys for hours on end.
Data published by the new NHS England body shows that the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours has been missed by the A&E units in Tower Hamlets and other East London boroughs in 20 of the last 26 weeks, with a total of 12,279 people having to wait more than four hours before being seen.
Labour’s Spokesperson for Health, Cllr Rachael Saunders said:
“A&E units in East London are struggling in a way not seen since the bad old days of the mid-1990s.
"David Cameron promised the NHS would be safe on his watch but instead East London has missed its A&E target in 20 out of the last 26 weeks leaving thousands of patients suffering for longer.
"Patients should not be subjected to poor care because of Ministers' failings. The Government must devise an urgent plan to bring all A&Es up to the required standard and ensure there are enough staff on the ground across the NHS to provide the safe care we need.
“This just proves what we all already know - you can't trust the Tories with the NHS"