Latest BMA figures show steep decline as Tories continue to underfund and parcel out the NHS
The latest British Medical Association figures have revealed the continuing disaster of Tory damage to the NHS.
Early last year, the Tories abandoned – officially put ‘on hold’ – the Accident and Emergency ‘four hour target’ in what was condemned as a transparent attempt to hide the damage done to NHS services by Tory policies and cuts.
However, the Tories’ ‘mandate‘ to NHS England for 2018/19 stated that the NHS must:
deliver aggregate A&E performance in England above 90% in September 2018, with the majority of trusts meeting 95% in March 2019, and aggregate performance in England at 95% within the course of 2019.
It was a sick joke, as the figures show:
- There were 2.17m attendances at A&Es in March, an increase of 212,500 from the previous month
- 555,500 emergency admissions were recorded, a worrying 6% increase from March 2018
- Performance against the four-hour wait target at major A&Es in March was 79.5%
- There were 59,500 trolley waits of four or more hours, making it the second worst March on record
- Including estimates for missing data, the waiting list for elective treatment rose to 4.31m in February
- There were 127,300 delayed days recorded in February
The Tories still, astonishingly, claim the NHS is safe in their hands. The figures show otherwise.
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