560k more left wait­ing in A&E units

667% IN­CREASE UN­DER TORIES

The People - - News Features - By Nigel Nel­son PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

NEARLY 560,000 more pa­tients waited on A&E trol­leys for hos­pi­tal beds last year than in 2010.

Labour says stats show 641,963 peo­ple were left wait­ing – a rise of 667 per cent com­pared to the 83,743 when the Tories took power eight years ago.

Shadow Health Sec­re­tary Jonathan Ash­worth said: “The state of the NHS un­der the Tories is a to­tal dis­grace. They don’t even have a plan to get wait­ing times in hos­pi­tals back un­der con­trol.”

Theresa May’s new ten-year plan for NHS, promis­ing it £20bil­lion more by 2023, re­ceived a luke­warm re­cep­tion.

Health unions pointed out one in 11 posts are va­cant and the NHS needs 40,000 more nurses. Se­nior doc­tors warn hos­pi­tals are fac­ing a “nigh-on im­pos­si­ble task”.

NHS Eng­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Stevens said tar­gets for 95 per cent of A&E pa­tients to be dealt with within four hours may need chang­ing.

Labour pledges to in­crease NHS fund­ing when in power.

PAIN: Bed waits

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