Commenting on the latest combined performance data from NHS England, Jonathan Ashworth MP Shadow Minister for Health said: “Yet again, these shocking figures paint a picture of an NHS in crisis. These figures are especially worrying as we go into what is expected to be an very challenging winter for our overstretched hospitals.
“Too many people are waiting too long in our overcrowded Accident and Emergency departments. The ambulance figures showing that some of the most seriously ill emergency patients are waiting way beyond the target time are shocking – the reality is that these delays are putting lives at risk. This is unacceptable.
“The number of days lost to delayed discharges from hospitals is at a record high. This situation is extremely distressing for older people stranded on hospital wards, and is a direct result of Tory cuts to social care. Failure to deal with the crisis facing our social care system is putting added pressure on our A&E departments. “This Conservative Government is taking our health service backwards. These figures are bad news for patients and the Government needs to take urgent action.”