MP backs hospital in target flop
THE town’s MP and Express readers have thrown their support behind Macclesfield hospital after it failed to hit A&E waiting time targets.
The hospital, which is run by East Cheshire NHS Trust, has struggled to handle the sheer volume of patients.
It has failed to admit, transfer or discharge 95 per cent of patients attending A&E within four hours, as per Government targets.
For the week ending Friday, January 23, 89 per cent of patients were seen within the limit.
However, since we revealed the hospital’s plight earlier this month, Macclesfield MP David Rutley has visited A&E to see first hand the impact extra pressure was having.
Mr Rutley said he found staff were working hard to ensure the safety and quality of services.
He said: “The hospital is undoubtedly facing a very high level of patient demand at the moment and its services are facing challenges, but as always I received lots of positive feedback from patients and was impressed by the commitment and dedication of staff members.
“The recent winter pressures highlight the strategic importance of developing a more integrated approach to health and social care services. I’m pleased that positive progress is being made in this area.”
Mr Rutley’s support is shared by many Express readers.
Commenting on our Facebook page, Frank Lafferty said: “Forget the abstract targets and recognise the quality of the staff, the quantity of work they complete (not just A&E) and the conditions they work in.”
Barry Perry agreed. He said: “The A&E staff work so hard and are so understaffed but mostly have got to put up with so many time wasters.”
Sammie Evans said: “The staff are amazing. I was in with a fractured back and yes I had to wait for three hours. If waiting means that the nurses and doctors can work on someone fighting for their life, or the more vulnerable, I’d wait all day.”
Macclesfield is not alone its struggle, with the current national average at 92 per cent, the lowest level in a decade, prompting claims of a crisis in the NHS.
The trust is urging people to think carefully about using services other than A&E because of ‘unprecedented’ demand.
●● David Rutley and Lynn McGill, chairman of East Cheshire NHS Trust