"No excuse" for ambulance waiting times

1667 patients in Tower Hamlets have faced waits of half an hour or more in ambulances outside A&E this winter. Of these 286 faced a wait over an hour.

Responding to the news that more than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding, Baroness Judith Jolly, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson said:

"These latest figures provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking-point. The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

"The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching. There is absolutely no excuse for their lack of preparation. Investments made in the summer were inadequate given the scale of the problems facing the NHS. 

"The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to provide the investment that is so desperately needed. By putting a penny on income tax , more money could be put straight into our NHS and social care services."

In addition, figures released recently show 1 in 10 nurses are leaving the NHS every year. The number of nurses leaving the NHS now outnumbers those joining. 

"It is little wonder nurses are leaving in droves and that they far outnumber new nurses being recruited. While the need for NHS services continues to grow, the Tories' chronic underfunding has made working life unbearable for many.

"Record numbers of nurses are on sick leave due to stress.

"If the government truly values our nurses, they will scrap the 1% cap on pay rises and solve the underlying problem of critical underfunding in our NHS and social care.  Liberal Democrats are honest about what is necessary, by putting a penny on the pound in income tax, we can find the funding the NHS desperately needs."


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