Local hospitals miss A&E waiting times targets yet again
Whittington Hospital, University College London Hospital (UCLH) and The Royal Free NHS Trusts have all failed to meet targets to see 95% of patients in A&E within 4 hours. Against a national average of 89.7%, Whittington achieved 89.9%, UCLH 87.9% and The Royal Free just 84.3%. (The Royal Free NHS Trust includes Barnet Hospital’s A&E figures) UCLH were also the worst performing Trust in the country for 85% of patients to begin treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral for cancer care, achieving just 67.3%.
Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore said all trusts were performing well below the target, and that the Government had created the crisis due to underfunding and unnecessary reforms.
Mr Dismore said:
‘The NHS is in crisis due to the Conservatives mismanagement despite the heroic work of staff, doctors and nurses. The last Labour Government had a target of 98% of patients being seen within 4 hours, now only 2 Trusts in the whole country would achieve this. It’s a disgrace. With the change of weather I have real doubts that the NHS can cope with another winter crisis.
‘The cancer treatment figure for UCLH are dreadful. This is just not acceptable. The time for excuses from ministers is over. They need to get a grip fast.’
- Andrew Dismore is the Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
- Data can be obtained here. Data referred to reflect August performance.