NHS England’s Combined Performance Summary for January 2016, released today, shows:
· Key performance targets were missed across almost every standard
· The worst monthly A&E performance on record with just 88.7 per cent of patients being seen within four hours in A&E departments
Responding to the figures, Heidi Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, said:
“These shocking figures prove that Tory health policies are failing patients and failing the NHS.
“Waiting time targets exists to provide swift access to care and they have now been missed so often that failure has become the norm.
“On this Government’s watch more patients are waiting too long for treatment, more ambulances are taking too long to arrive and more older people are stuck in hospital because they cannot be safely discharged.
“The uncomfortable truth for Ministers is that this is a crisis of their own making. The NHS is under pressure as a direct result of decisions they have made. They cut older people’s home care, meaning hospitals have become dangerously full, and cuts to nurse training places have forced hospitals to drain resources hiring expensive agency staff.
“Rather than take action to repair the damage they’ve done, Tory Ministers are taking a huge gamble with the future of our NHS. They’ve got no plan to tackle the financial crisis facing hospitals, and no plan to address the funding black hole in social care.”