Opposition says hospitals having to cope with unexpected rise in patients – raising questions about inadequate GP services
An unexpected summer crisis is developing in the NHS, with performance in accident and emergency departments deteriorating, bucking the normal trend of waiting times being worse in winter than summer, according to the Labour party.
The figures show a record number of patients attending hospital A&E departments in any one week and a record number then admitted to hospital wards. The figures show a total of 296,667 going to A&E in the last week of May, again raising questions about the adequacy of GP services. Of these 77,745 were admitted to hospital.
A&E departments are supposed to see, treat, and admit or discharge 95% of patients within four hours of arrival at hospital, but in the last four weeks the number of patients waiting more than four hours has ranged from 22,231 a week to 24,503.
By comparison, the numbers waiting in the four weeks of November for the equivalent period were between 13,938 a week and 17,372. The figures waiting this summer are also double the number of patients waiting more than four hours in the summer three years ago…..