Hospital asks staff to work extra hours as queue reaches 26 ambulances long and 100+ patients waiting to be seen
The Royal Cornwall hospital in has declared a critical illness and appealed for staff to work extra hours, as the NHS continues to reel from privatisation, under-funding, hospital closures and the Tories’ appalling handling of the pandemic, whatever the claims of hard right Tory Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
The number of people waiting to be seen in the hospital’s A&E was reported to have exceeded one hundred and 26 ambulances were waiting outside, with patients not able to be admitted and crews unable to move on to new emergencies.
Cornwall, like many areas around England, has seen minor hospitals close as the Tories cut costs and services, funnelling more and more people into the few larger hospitals remaining.
Former Labour parliamentary candidate Jenn Forbes said that the situation at the hospital is now ‘pretty much constant’ and tweeted:
NHS doctors have condemned Javid for his lies about the NHS:
The English NHS has seen a reduction of over eight million bed days per year as the Tories continue to close thousands of hospital beds, leading to waiting lists of over six million people. Javid and his party, meanwhile, are pushing ahead with new legislation that will both accelerate privatisation and hide who profits from it, despite widespread horror among NHS campaigners.
To its shame, Labour’s leadership is generally on board with the Tories’ ‘integrated care systems’ plan and reduction of oversight.
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