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Local A&E waiting time figures show Tories' "dismal record" on NHS Brian outside the Great Western Hospital, Swindon

November 14, 2019 7:13 PM
By Brian Mathew

Only 82.9% of patients arriving at A&E in Bath, Wiltshire and Swindon area were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn't been met since July 2015. This is the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

Dr Brian Mathew, theLiberal Democrat candidate for North Wiltshire said:

"It is shameful that patients‎ are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

"These figures reveal the Conservatives' dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

"Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU doctors and nurses the NHS desperately needs.

"The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a 1p on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.