City hos­pi­tals suf­fer deep cri­sis Wait­ing lists con­tinue to soar as health chiefs forced to make mas­sive cuts

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Jonathan Walker Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

SHOCK­ING new fig­ures re­veal NHS wait­ing lists are soar­ing across Birm­ing­ham, while health chiefs are be­ing forced to find sav­ings of hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds. The fig­ures show that since 2013: The num­ber of peo­ple wait­ing more than four hours in A&E in Birm­ing­ham hos­pi­tals has more than dou­bled;

66 per cent more can­cer pa­tients are hav­ing to wait more than 62 days for treat­ment ;

65 per cent more peo­ple have had to wait more than 18 weeks to re­ceive con­sul­tant-led treat­ment.

At the same time, Birm­ing­ham’s NHS is now mired in a fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Chiefs say they are be­ing forced to find cuts of £155.5 mil­lion this year and £87 mil­lion next year.

And to­gether, two of the city’s key hos­pi­tals, along with the city’s pri­mary care sys­tem – which funds GPs and health vis­i­tors – are set to go over­bud­get by £23 mil­lion.

The fig­ures were re­vealed in an­swers to Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests from Birm­ing­ham Hill MP Liam Byrne (Lab).

He said: “This shock­ing pic­ture con­firms what we all feared: Birm­ing­ham’s NHS is in cri­sis. The scale of the cuts to our city’s so­cial care bud­gets is over­load­ing our doc­tor’s surg­eries and hos­pi­tals just at the time that Hodge health chiefs are be­ing forced to find hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds of new cuts.

“The NHS trea­sure.

“Front­line staff are telling me that they’ve never felt pres­sure like this – and morale is at rock bot­tom. is our great­est na­tional

“In­spec­tors warn Birm­ing­ham’s men­tal health ser­vices for chil­dren and young peo­ple need ‘urgent im­prove­ments’.

“We sim­ply can­not go on like this. It’s tak­ing us back to the worst days of the 1980s.”

He said he was plan­ning to bring to­gether front­line staff, health lead­ers and trade unions for an emer­gency sum­mit to dis­cuss the cri­sis. A Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care spokesper­son said: “The NHS re­mains ex­tremely busy but, de­spite the pres­sure, al­most 3,000 more peo­ple were treated within four hours ev­ery sin­gle day in Jan­uary com­pared to the same time last year.

“The Gov­ern­ment sup­ported the NHS this winter with an ad­di­tional £437 mil­lion of fund­ing, and gave it top pri­or­ity in the re­cent Bud­get with an ex­tra £2.8 bil­lion al­lo­cated over the next two years.”

> Birm­ing­ham NHS chiefs say have to find cuts of £155.5 mil­lion this year and £87 mil­lion next year

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