Worries as Basildon Hospital A and E waiting times continue to rise

BASILDON and Thurrock hospital has missed their target for the number of people set to be seen within four hours at A and E.

The national target is 95% but Basildon hospital could only achieve a 80 % success rate.

This is a worrying 10% drop in the last week alone.

In the first week of January, 2,261 people attended A and E. Up by 13.

Last week, 220 people had to wait more than four hours to be seen.

But this week, there has been an alarming rise to 436.

However, as the crisis is A and E care continues, the statistic has to be compared with other hospitals in the area, that are really struggling to cope.

Southend hospital has announced it is temporarily cancelling non-urgent operations and remains on ‘black alert’.

Princess Alexandra in Harlow closed its A and E to "life-threatening" patients only for a number of days.

Other hospitals.

Southend Hospital: 87.8%

Darenth Valley: 81%

Whipps Cross: 78.7%

Addenbrookes: 71.3%

Princess Alexandra (Harlow): 69.2%

Queens Romford: 66.7%

Labour has called on the government to hold an urgent summit on how to alleviate pressure on A&E services in English hospitals.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said local government, the emergency services and other NHS professionals needed to agree co-ordinated action.

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