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Number of A&E patients waiting hours for hospital bed rises by 1,400 per cent

INCIDENCES of A&E patients in England waiting for more than four hours on trolleys before being admitted to a hospital bed have sky-rocketed by 1,400 per cent under the Tories.

In August 2010 at the beginning of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, the number of trolley waits stood at 3,697.

The figure is now 56,499, a rise of 1,428 per cent, according to Labour’s analysis of recently released NHS England data.

The figures came after PM Boris Johnson was apprehended by parent Omar Salem in Whipps Cross hospital.

Mr Salem took him to task over cuts and staff shortages, saying his week-old daughter “went hours on the ward without seeing a doctor.”

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “Omar Salem was speaking from the personal experience of a parent, but it reflects an NHS now in crisis.

“Waiting lists were slashed under the last Labour government, but 10 years of cuts and staffing shortages under the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have led to a predictable deterioration of care, with waiting times rocketing.

“It is totally unacceptable that so many people are left languishing.

“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS. As Boris Johnson’s most senior adviser admits, they simply don’t care about it.”


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