North-West London bearing brunt of May's NHS mis-management

Just 77.3% of patients were seen within 4 hours at regular A&E departments in December 2017, the lowest level since records began, NHS statistics today have revealed. London North West Healthcare Trust (which runs Northwick Park) is even worse with more than four out of ten patients waiting longer than four hours to be seen - and Hillingdon is worse still.

In December, London North West Healthcare Trust only saw 58.7% of patients within four hours. This makes it the fourth worst performing provider in the country. Hillingdon Hospitals Trust is the second worst in the country.  Liberal Democrat former health minister Norman Lamb is clear that this is an unacceptable situation and that urgent measures need to be taken to address this. 

The Liberal Democrats warned the government would be left "with blood on its hands" unless it acted to address record pressures facing the NHS.

Separate winter pressure figures showed 5,082 patients faced delays in ambulances of one hour or more in the week to 7th January, the worst figures of the winter so far. In total over 22,000 patients have faced delays of one hour or more in the back of ambulances so far this winter.

Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented:

"The NHS is facing record levels of pressure - meaning every day patients are dying and experiencing dreadful failures of care.

"Yet all the government does is offer inadequate sums of money which barely keep our health service going.

"Theresa May cannot ignore this crisis any longer. Ministers have a choice: agree to work with others to deliver a proper, sustainable settlement for the NHS or be left with blood on their hands.

"Liberal Democrats have a clear plan to give the NHS the emergency cash injection it needs, by putting a penny on income tax to raise £6bn a year.

"We stand ready to work with other parties to find a long-term solution to rescue the NHS."

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