Waiting times up at local Trust hospitals

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Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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An increasing amount of people are waiting too long for A&E treatment at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust hospitals, new figures show.

Nearly eight times as many patients waited over four hours in the second week of April, than did so in the same week last year.

Hospitals across Yorkshire are finding it increasingly harder to meet the demand of people attending A&E departments and it is being claimed social care cuts and overworked GPs are among the reasons why.

In the second week of April in 2014 a total of 85 patients were not seen within four hours of arrival, but this figure jumped to a massive 660 this month.

During the same week last year just 10 people waited between four and 12 hours for a bed on a Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ward – but figures show that 478 patients did so in that week this year.

It is a staggering figure, according to Andy Burnham, Labour’s shadow health spokesman.

A total of 740 people had to wait longer than four hours to be seen in the Trust’s hospitals, seven times as many as the 98 that did so in the same week in 2014, the figures reveal.

Labour’s solution is its £2.5 billion Time to Care fund that would see the NHS taking on 20,000 more nurses and allowing more people to be cared for at home instead of in hospital.

It was a busy winter and many of the needs people in East Yorkshire are becoming more complex, according to a Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman.

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Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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