MP backs hos­pi­tal in tar­get flop

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS - STU­ART GREER

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

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