Last year 74,260 people in Worcestershire waited more than four hours in A&E, up 50.7% since 2019, Liberal Democrat analysis of House of Commons Library research reveals. The same data showed that over 3300 Worcestershire patients waited over 12 hours to be seen in A&E in 2023, up from 948 in 2019.
In 2023 across England nearly 6.5 million people had to wait over four hours in A and E to be seen, a rise of nearly 3 million people since 2019.
Yet Liberal Democrat research reveals that the NHS budget is facing a £4.7 billion cut this year when inflation is taken into account. However medical conditions can worsen significantly for patients who are not seen promptly. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has previously estimated there were 23,003 excess patient deaths in England in 2022 associated with long waits.
Consequently, Worcestershire’s Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to reverse its planned £4.7 billion of real-terms cuts to NHS funding over this year and next invest more in local health services including A&E.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for West Worcestershire, Dan Boatright-Greene said:
“Every year A&E delays keep getting worse under this Conservative government. Hospitals are starved of the funding they need.”
“These appalling delays are leaving often vulnerable and elderly patients in our area waiting for hours on end in overcrowded A&Es.”
“It is simply unthinkable that Rishi Sunak is now choosing to slash funding for the NHS further, while appalling figures like this are emerging. This will just pour petrol on the flames of the NHS crisis.
“Worcestershire deserves so much better than this Conservative government that is ignoring the suffering of patients and driving our health service into the ground. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to fix the NHS and ensure people can access the care they need.”