Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
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NHS records worst ever A&E delays in December - Latest Pharmacy News

NHS records worst ever A&E delays in December - Latest Pharmacy News

This is an increase of 14.2% in three years, according to NHS England.

The figures show that last year, there were 1.2 million A&E attendances compared with the previous year.

THEre WILL be many reasons why the NHS experienced its busiest month on record in December - bad weather, and Christmas festivities, are seasonal factors which will have contributed to the unprecedented number of A&E attendances and ambulance call-outs.

NHS medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: "In 2019 we treated over a million more patients in our A&Es than the previous year".

And while The Yorkshire Post is the first to applaud NHS staff for their professionalism, and the fact that most emergency patients were still seen within the four-hour benchmark, the inaction of Mr Hancock is now rather troubling.

Some 98,452 patients waited more than four hours for a bed after a decision was made to admit them - 64.6% higher than December 2018.

'Almost 100,000 patients waited more than four hours [before being admitted to hospital]- nearly double that of last month'. We have got more hospital beds open than last winter, but flu has come early and is around twice as high as this time past year.

'For the public there is still time to get your flu jab, and keep in mind to use the free NHS 111 phone and online service and your local pharmacist'. Of that group, more than 21,000 hours or more had to wait.

In the worst ever performance of its kind in the NHS, just 79.8 per cent of all patients were cared for in December within the target time.

Of these, 2,347 waited more than 12 hours - another record high and a 726.4% increase from the previous year.

"The NHS is struggling to escape its spiral of decline".

"We physically do not have space for patients who are kept waiting, many of whom will be waiting to be tested using equipment that has either seen better days or that we have too little of".

"We are continuing to look at how we can make the most efficient use of our beds and have been working closely with our partners across Kent and Medway to make sure out-of-hospital care is in place for when our patients are fit to be discharged".

Many of our existing Emergency Departments are too small, run down and need of fix. We have the lowest level of both CT and MRI scanners per capita in comparable nations.

'These figures are truly alarming and serve as yet further evidence that our NHS simply doesn't have the resources, staff, or capacity to cope with rocketing demand.

A trust spokesman said: "MTW is seeing record high numbers of people attending our emergency departments (ED) this year - up by 12% compared with last year".

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