Prime Ministers Questions about A & E
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Integrated Care Group — No comments
What are your thoughts. After a recent PMQ (Prime Ministers Questions), we saw Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn questioning our Prime Minister about the current state of our National Health Service (NHS) and demanded an emergency budget to tackle the ongoing winter crisis. This is regarding a dire winter period with people being held in ambulances outside of A&E due to overwhelming amounts of people being admitted and a shortage of both staff and supplies. Mr Corbyn pleaded that the Conservative Government were not putting enough money in to the NHS, yet May claims they have put aside more money this year for the NHS than ever before. And this amount keeps growing every year.
However, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones claims May is ‘Misusing statistics’ to deemphasize the situation. Mr Jones stated he felt the Prime Minister deflected criticism from Mr Corbyn by passing the blame onto the Welsh NHS. But this doesn’t tarnish the fact that the Welsh NHS is a part of the ongoing crisis. In the PMQ on Wednesday, Theresa May claimed that patients were forced to wait more than 12 hours in A&E in Wales (which has a Labour government). This is nearly eight times higher than in England. The Prime said: “The latest figures show that, in England, 497 people were waiting more than 12 hours, but the latest figures also show that, under the Labour Government in Wales, 3,741 people were waiting more than 12 hours.” Is this acceptable?