New figures reveal A&E crisis pushed Princess Alexandra Hospital to the limit claim Labour

Politics / Wed 8th Apr 2015 at 10:47am

THE scale of the A&E crisis in Harlow becomes clear today as new figures emerge about the effect of the winter crisis on local hospital Princess Alexandra Hospital. Other hospitals affected include Southend University Hospitals Trust and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Milton Keynes, Kettering General and Northampton General were also affected.

Children’s services were particularly badly affected by a crisis in capacity over Christmas.

FOI responses show the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow experienced an operational problem on 33 occasions this winter. The Trust experienced “extremely limited paediatric capacity” and a “significant incident declared due to severe capacity issues within adults and paeds” … “the Trust was placed on significant incident on Saturday evening due to demand exceeding capacity” … “significant incident declared on Saturday 27th Dec”.

Likewise, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust experienced an operational problem on 14 occasions noting “significant shortfall in nurse staffing which has been exacerbated by the additional capacity requirements. Patient flow significantly compromised resulting in increased breaches of the 4 hour standard. Critical capacity at CUH has also impacted activity and patient transfers from WSH” … “Internal incident called due to bed flow and extreme difficulties, particularly in critical care bed capacity”.

Suzy Stride, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Harlow said:

“It’s really shocking that the hospital here in Harlow has experienced an operational problem on 33 separate occasions this winter. People will be particularly concerned by the capacity issues in paediatrics.

“These problems are a direct result of David Cameron’s policies – cuts in social care, an inadequate supply of GPs and the debacle of NHS 111. These factors have combined to create a perfect storm in the NHS which has driven hospital services to breaking point.

“Labour will create an NHS with the time to care with 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 5,000 new care workers so we can look after people more people at home and relieve the pressure on A&E. Meanwhile, all the Tories want to do is sell off more of our NHS – you just can’t trust them with the country’s greatest asset.”

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1 Comment for New figures reveal A&E crisis pushed Princess Alexandra Hospital to the limit claim Labour:

2015-04-17 15:47:14

So nothing to do with the £622Bn of PFI debt that Labour saddled the NHS with then??? Feel free to go to ukip.org and see our leaflet - "How Labour Privatised the NHS!"

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