MP criticises government over hospital figures

Michael Dugher MP
Michael Dugher MP

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has criticised the government for cutting nurses and putting patients’ lives at risk as new figures show that the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A&E unit has consistently missed its waiting time targets over the last six months.

The Labour politician said Yorkshire has lost 1,224 nurses since May 2010 and 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 unit at Barnsley Hospital in 24 of the last 26 weeks.

This has resulted in a total of 3,535 people having to wait more than four hours before being seen.

In October 2012, 96 per cent of people were being seen within four hours at the A&E unit at Barnsley Hospital. This has now dropped to just 89 per cent, according to the figures.

Mr Dugher said: “What’s happening at the A&E unit at Barnsley Hospital is a real worry.

“David Cameron promised the NHS would be safe on his watch, but instead his Government has haemorrhaged thousands of nurses and did nothing whilst A&Es struggled through the winter.”