Lib Dems: A&E waiting time figures in East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust show Tories’ “dismal record” on NHS

Only 85.8% of patients arriving at A&E in East and North Herts NHS Trust were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

Lisa Nash, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Stevenage, commented:

“Our hospitals are under-resourced. It is shameful that patients in our constituency are waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations. It shouldn’t be like this in the sixth largest economy in the world.

“These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.

“ Locally people tell me that Health and Social Care is one of their key concerns and as someone who is both a user of the local services and works in the NHS I know just how bad things are. 

“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. A Liberal Democrat Government will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”