Tories have no solution to Peterborough City Hospital’s ‘unacceptable’ A&E performance

A&E Waiting times

You may have read recently that less than 60% of patients at Peterborough City Hospital’s A&E are seen within the four hour target time.

Hospitals are expected to admit, treat or discharge 95 per cent of patients within four hours of arrival.

According to media reports, the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital in Bretton, said it had seen “significant demand” with a 4.3% increase in emergency admissions year on year.

What does Darren think?

Well, since this news came to light, the Conservative Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has suggested that A&E targets might be scrapped.

In my opinion, changing the A&E target won’t magic away the problems in Peterborough, with patients left for hours and hours.

Any review of targets must be transparent and based on watertight clinical evidence, otherwise patients will think Matt Hancock is trying to move the goalposts to avoid scrutiny of the government’s record.

After years of austerity under the Tories, the government’s first priority must be to give the NHS the funding and staff it needs to end the waiting time crisis.

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