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Gloria says patients are suffering due to Tory-made NHS crisis

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero says patients are being made to suffer because of the Government’s failure to get a grip on the NHS.

The latest statistics published by the NHS show that local hospitals are not meeting all of the national targets for treating cancer patients; that ambulances are not getting to emergencies involving seriously ill patients within target times and that hospital beds are being blocked because of hold-ups in discharging patients.

Cancer waiting time data for January 2017 shows that:
• 93% of patients being treated at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust receive their first treatment following diagnosis for cancer within 31 days – missing the 96% target.
Meanwhile Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust met the target, treating 96% of patients with 31 days.
• However 72% of patients at NUH began their first definitive treatment for cancer following urgent GP referral for suspected cancer in the 62 day limit – missing the 85% target by some way, though Sherwood Forest Hospitals did meet the target and treated 85% of patients within 62 days.

East Midlands Ambulance Service continues to struggle to meet the target for responding to life-threatening emergencies.
In January just 65% of Red 1 calls in the region saw an emergency response team arriving at the scene of an incident within eight minutes, missing the 75% target.

Hundreds of days of hospital care are also being lost because of delayed transfers and discharges.

Also known as bed-blocking, delayed transfer of care is when a patient is ready to go home or move to a less acute stage of care but is prevented from doing so.

Reasons for this include a lack of beds on more suitable wards or because care packages for care at home are not in place.

The result is a reduction in the number of hospital beds available for other patients who need them and unnecessarily long-stays in hospital.

In January 2017, Sherwood Forest Hospitals had 843 delayed days, up from 772 in the same month last year.

Nottingham University Hospitals had 1,356 delayed days, though this was down from 1,812 in January 2016.

Gloria said: “Theresa May has lost control of the NHS this winter and patients are paying the price as target after target is missed.

“Thousands more people are waiting for treatment, people are stuck in hospitals even when they’re well enough to go home, and key standards on cancer care and ambulance response times are being missed.

“Behind each of these statistics is a patient suffering and in unacceptable discomfort.

“The Government has failed the NHS right across the board and urgent action is needed to put things right.”

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