Labour slams 'too full' hospitals

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen: New figures show that last year almost 300,000 patients were caught in queues of ambulances outside emergency departments New figures show that last year almost 300,000 patients were caught in queues of ambulances outside emergency departments

Hundreds of thousands of patients in need of emergency care are being left at the doors of A&E in ambulances because hospitals are too full, Labour has said.

New figures obtained by the party show that last year almost 300,000 patients in England were caught in queues of ambulances outside emergency departments.

In 2013/14, 279,207 ambulances were delayed for more than 30 minutes and a further 30,601 faced waits longer than one hour, a Labour said.

Freedom of Information requests conducted on all 10 ambulance trusts in England also revealed that some patients were forced to wait in these queues for hours on end.

A patient in the West Midlands was forced to wait for eight hours and 11 minutes, the party found. Another in the South West waited for seven and a half hours.

Labour said that the "handover delays" occur when ambulance crews cannot transfer a patient to the A&E department because of staff or bed shortages.

Labour's shadow health minister Jamie Reed said: "Under David Cameron, hospitals are full to bursting and he's forcing ambulances to queue at the doors for hours on end.

"Thousands of vulnerable people, many of them elderly and frightened, are being wrongly held in the backs of ambulances because hospitals don't have the space. And yet ministers deny that A&E is in crisis.

"People know from their own experience that the NHS is heading downhill on David Cameron's watch. It is clear the Tories can't be trusted with it."

A Department of Health spokesman said: "People rely on ambulances coming quickly in life and death situations and long handovers are completely unacceptable.

"We're already making good progress in reducing the number of patients waiting for 30 minutes or longer - down by almost a third last winter - though there's always more the NHS can do.

"We are providing extra support, including £28 million for ambulances from funds already given to the NHS this year, to keep services sustainable year-round. In the long-term, we want to reduce demand by looking after people better in the community."

An NHS England spokeswoman said: "The figures published for the winter of 2013/14 show that the number of ambulance handover delays were actually down on the previous year by 30%.

"We know that demands on ambulances are rising every year, and we're allocating a further £28 million to ambulance providers to help them deal with these pressures.

"However in some cases it may be the right thing to do for a patient to be cared for in the ambulance before transfer to stabilise their condition.

"One of the aims of our Urgent and Emergency Care Review is to capitalise on the skills and abilities of paramedics and the wider workforce so that ambulances can become more of a mobile treatment service, rather than just a transport service."

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9:56am Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

more reason to vote ukip
more reason to vote ukip jimmysmith
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10:21am Sun 10 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Is it true that the patient who was kept in the Ambulance for 8+ hours was kept there for the peace and safety of other patients and it's being used as an example for political games?
Is it true that the patient who was kept in the Ambulance for 8+ hours was kept there for the peace and safety of other patients and it's being used as an example for political games? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

10:57am Sun 10 Aug 14

Honda driver says...

And how long did they have to wait under the Labour Government?
And how long did they have to wait under the Labour Government? Honda driver
  • Score: 0

11:22am Sun 10 Aug 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

If you import literally thousands of low skilled people from around the world, not only does it drive wages down and then also offer them all free health treatment, you should not be surprised when the hospitals get full. As usual the socialists who caused most of these problems are always the first to complain. -- Bring back Burnham? -- No Thanks North Staffs was enough. The only Slam I want to see from Labour is the door to oblivion!
If you import literally thousands of low skilled people from around the world, not only does it drive wages down and then also offer them all free health treatment, you should not be surprised when the hospitals get full. As usual the socialists who caused most of these problems are always the first to complain. -- Bring back Burnham? -- No Thanks North Staffs was enough. The only Slam I want to see from Labour is the door to oblivion! 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 3

11:59am Sun 10 Aug 14

white rabbit9 says...

Why do people blame the government without blaming the queen who's government it is? It's the queens government and she allows them to debate over what laws to bring in. The government is the queens corporation and the mp's are all business corporate slaves to DEBT money.
If anyone who should be blamed for this mess is US by not recognising who holds the real power in Britain. THE ZIONIST ROTHSCHILDS.
Why do people blame the government without blaming the queen who's government it is? It's the queens government and she allows them to debate over what laws to bring in. The government is the queens corporation and the mp's are all business corporate slaves to DEBT money. If anyone who should be blamed for this mess is US by not recognising who holds the real power in Britain. THE ZIONIST ROTHSCHILDS. white rabbit9
  • Score: -3

12:04pm Sun 10 Aug 14

welshmen says...

What do Labour expect, they filled our Country up with 10 million foreigners, they also forgot to mention our schools dentists and all social area's are also full, like most of our cities....
What do Labour expect, they filled our Country up with 10 million foreigners, they also forgot to mention our schools dentists and all social area's are also full, like most of our cities.... welshmen
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Sun 10 Aug 14

jozieme says...

Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ
ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI
Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI jozieme
  • Score: 2

4:32pm Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Why do people blame the government without blaming the queen who's government it is? It's the queens government and she allows them to debate over what laws to bring in. The government is the queens corporation and the mp's are all business corporate slaves to DEBT money.
If anyone who should be blamed for this mess is US by not recognising who holds the real power in Britain. THE ZIONIST ROTHSCHILDS.
white rabbit is the right name for you pal . to many white rabbits running around inside your head .absolute loony tune
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Why do people blame the government without blaming the queen who's government it is? It's the queens government and she allows them to debate over what laws to bring in. The government is the queens corporation and the mp's are all business corporate slaves to DEBT money. If anyone who should be blamed for this mess is US by not recognising who holds the real power in Britain. THE ZIONIST ROTHSCHILDS.[/p][/quote]white rabbit is the right name for you pal . to many white rabbits running around inside your head .absolute loony tune jimmysmith
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4:37pm Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

jozieme wrote:
Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ

ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI
a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out
[quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI[/p][/quote]a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out jimmysmith
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Sir Prised says...

Is this the same Labour party that ran open-door immigration and did nothing to deter benefit scrounging ? Amazing how hypocritical political parties become when in opposition !
Is this the same Labour party that ran open-door immigration and did nothing to deter benefit scrounging ? Amazing how hypocritical political parties become when in opposition ! Sir Prised
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

jimmysmith wrote:
jozieme wrote:
Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ


ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI
a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out
Which is it? Confirmed or opinon...

It can't be both...
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI[/p][/quote]a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out[/p][/quote]Which is it? Confirmed or opinon... It can't be both... Andrew:Oxford
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10:58pm Sun 10 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
jozieme wrote:
Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ



ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI
a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out
Which is it? Confirmed or opinon...

It can't be both...
confirmed .get out do some research .the truth is out there .and the fresh air will do you the world of good
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: Experiencing waiting in A and E with my husband last year.Just filling in the form is a hard task and a delaying one at reception when the person does not speak English..Send for an interpreter at £50 per hour multiply that across different nationalities(includ ing our own) In France you either communicate in French or no service....., the same in Spain..... We were there 4 plus hours in a corridor full of east Europeans none of them with anything serious, just minor complaints.The doctors were very swift with them in and out. But so many ..... it's a nightmare for staff at the BRI[/p][/quote]a consultant in stockton last year was quoted that in his opinion at least 7000 confirmed cases of TB in immigrants were treated in north east hospitals last year .all these figures are covered up by this treacherous government .theres only one way to put a stop to it and thats vote ukip and kick em all out[/p][/quote]Which is it? Confirmed or opinon... It can't be both...[/p][/quote]confirmed .get out do some research .the truth is out there .and the fresh air will do you the world of good jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

10:32am Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

jimmysmith wrote:
more reason to vote ukip
Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: more reason to vote ukip[/p][/quote]Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration? Counterview
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10:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

Counterview wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
more reason to vote ukip
Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?
dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank
[quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: more reason to vote ukip[/p][/quote]Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?[/p][/quote]dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

11:50pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Counterview says...

jimmysmith wrote:
Counterview wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
more reason to vote ukip
Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?
dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank
Spellchecker gone AWOL on you has it? Despite that, I think I can just about interpret your message. Plink, plank, plonk.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: more reason to vote ukip[/p][/quote]Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?[/p][/quote]dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank[/p][/quote]Spellchecker gone AWOL on you has it? Despite that, I think I can just about interpret your message. Plink, plank, plonk. Counterview
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

Counterview wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
Counterview wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
more reason to vote ukip
Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?
dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank
Spellchecker gone AWOL on you has it? Despite that, I think I can just about interpret your message. Plink, plank, plonk.
please point out my spelling mistakes ,and your lost for answers now .talk about plank .idiot
[quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: more reason to vote ukip[/p][/quote]Have UKIP got any specific policies to deal with NHS demand issues? Or does it boil down to the same old mantra - immigration?[/p][/quote]dont you think this mass uncontrolled immigration into this small island of ours ,hasnt had a massive impact on the NHS ? as for policies yeah they are very simple .kick em all out .is that blunt enough for you ?plank[/p][/quote]Spellchecker gone AWOL on you has it? Despite that, I think I can just about interpret your message. Plink, plank, plonk.[/p][/quote]please point out my spelling mistakes ,and your lost for answers now .talk about plank .idiot jimmysmith
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

welshmen wrote:
What do Labour expect, they filled our Country up with 10 million foreigners, they also forgot to mention our schools dentists and all social area's are also full, like most of our cities....
and how many more has ca-moron and his party of traitors allowed in ?.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: What do Labour expect, they filled our Country up with 10 million foreigners, they also forgot to mention our schools dentists and all social area's are also full, like most of our cities....[/p][/quote]and how many more has ca-moron and his party of traitors allowed in ?. jimmysmith
  • Score: 0
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