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Labour’s Mike Le-Surf points to "growing crisis" in waiting times at Basildon Hospital

ACROSS England, more than 30,000 patients each week now wait too long to be seen in local A&E departments – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the same period last year claims the Labour.

In Basildon And Thurrock, the number of patients waiting over 4 hours to be seen in A&E increased more than five-fold in a year – from 47 patients during the second week of April 2014 to 267 during the same week in April 2015. The number of patients on a trolley between 4 and 12 hours waiting for a ward bed increased from 14 to 53 patients across the same period.

Labour parliamentary candidate Mike Le-Surf said: “Basildon Hospital is in crisis and Labour has a fully-funded rescue plan. We will ease pressure on over-stretched A&Es by recruiting 20,000 more nurses and giving people a guaranteed GP appointment within 48 hours.”

Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: “These figures reveal a worrying slump in A&E performance in the last 12 months and lay bare the scale of the crisis the NHS is facing.

"Under David Cameron, A&Es across England are operating at their very limits and too many have clearly gone beyond them. He caused this A&E crisis by making it harder to get a GP appointment, cutting care budgets to the bone and wasting £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation.

"If he gets back in, extreme Tory spending cuts mean they can’t protect the NHS and the crisis in A&E will get even worse."

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