Labour’s Polly Billington expresses concerns as A and E crisis deepens at Basildon Hospital

THE number of patients having to wait more than four hours to be treated at Basildon Hospital A&E has shot up by more than 40%. The last three months have been the worst in the NHS for A&E since records began.

The statistics released by NHS England show that in October to December 2014, 1,992 patients waited over four hours to be seen compared to 1,396 in the same quarter last year.

Polly Billington, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Thurrock, said “These latest statistics are worrying. We cannot allow our health service to continue down this path.”

Since October 2014 Basildon and Thurrock Hospital has been on ‘black alert’ seven times, which means less than ten beds are available to admit patients from A&E. The latest episode at the hospital saw eight non-urgent operations postponed.

Polly added, “Our local Tory MPs must take responsibility for this: they voted for the changes that are behind the current crisis. They supported the Government’s cuts to social care and GP access and its disastrous decision to waste billions on the chaos of reorganisation.

Patients from Thurrock are paying the price for their decisions. The NHS needs more frontline staff and a Labour government that will fund them.

"If I was Thurrock’s Labour MP I would be voting to hire more doctors nurses and midwives, funded by taxes on the super-rich, so all NHS staff have the time to care for their patients, not leave them waiting on trolleys.”

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