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MP Criticises Government As Hospital Figures Are Released

Friday May 3 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

A BARNSLEY MP has criticised the government for cutting nurses and putting patients’ lives at risk.

Michael Dugher was commenting after new figures show that the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust A&E unit is struggling and has consistently missed its waiting time targets over the last six months.

Staffing shortages across the NHS have left A&E departments overstretched and under severe pressure.

Yorkshire has lost 1,224 nurses since May 2010 and data published by the new NHS England body shows that the target of 95 per cent of patients being seen within four hours has been missed by the A&E unit at Barnsley Hospital in 24 of the last 26 weeks, with a total of 3,535 people having to wait more than four hours before being seen.

In October 2012, 96 per cent of people were being seen within four hours at the A&E unit at Barnsley Hospital. This has now dropped to just 89 per cent.

"What's happening at the A&E unit at Barnsley Hospital is a real worry," said the Barnsley East MP.

"Patients should not be subjected to poor care because of the government’s failings.

"They need to come up with an urgent plan to bring all A&Es up to the required standard and ensure there are enough staff on the ground across the NHS to provide the safe care we need."

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Reply Posted by Steve on Friday May 3 2013 at 11:35
This is polical rhetoric, does the MP ever visit the hospital to find out what the issues are, it is not a lack of staff or poor care.

Reply Posted by Mick on Friday May 3 2013 at 11:58
If A&E see people too quickly then they just get used as an alternative to visiting GPs which is where non urgent cases should go. If 9 out of 10 are seen within 4hrs thats good enough. Urgent cases are given priority and get seen much quicker. Hospitals need more powers to turn people away who are time wasting.

Reply Posted by Sara on Friday May 3 2013 at 19:06
Hospitals staff are brilliant specialy in A&E they don't need to be used like political footballs, when did this MP last visit our Hospital to find out how great they are.i agree with Mick too many people turn up who should o to their GP. Lets be positive in this difficult time about how well the service is managing with so many people attending thank God our Hospital is better than others close by.

Reply Posted by tony on Friday May 3 2013 at 20:39
have you tried to get a doctor appontment rectantly it is nightmare at hoyland
walderslade to a appontment it be easier to go to the hospital

Reply Posted by mick on Friday May 3 2013 at 21:49
What are you talking about? Ring up - receptionist gives you a time Dr will ring you back. Dr speaks to you on phone. If you need to be seen in person an appt is made (mostly same day). If straightforward a prescription can be issued without an appt. Hoyland has best GP service in the country!

Reply Posted by les on Monday May 6 2013 at 01:10
I know of people who have been at a&e forever wating to be looked at when there was nobody else in the wating room.
your best bet if you are in a&e is be patiiant. or just go home cos nobody gives a shit anyway . chances are youll only catch something else anyway..
Andwhats the worst thing that can happen to you youll probabably get fined cos your cars passed its ticket time....sods law.