Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Ipswich and Colchester hospital A&E waiting times for December 2019

Ipswich and Colchester hospital A&E waiting times for December 2019

Only 79.8% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments in December, making it the worst month for performance since records began, official figures show.

Nearly 100,000 seriously ill people (98,452) waited more than four hours for a bed after a doctor had made a decision to keep them in the hospital.

"The Government has started to put in a lot of extra money for the NHS from last April, but this shows just how long it is going to take for it to be felt patients and staff", Appleby said.

December saw a record high number of category 1 ambulance call-outs - the most serious emergency - with nearly 10,000 people needing urgent help.

Casualty units should see at least 95 percent of patients within four hours.

Sam Higginson, NNUH chief executive, said: "We have seen a more than 25pc increase in emergency attendances over the last four years and our staff are working really hard to assess and treat patients as quickly as possible to provide safe and appropriate care".

Nationally, the December 2019 waiting time performances are the worst since the target was introduced in 2004, with pressure on social care and not enough hospital beds given as reasons.

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A trust spokesman said: "MTW is seeing record high numbers of people attending our emergency departments (ED) this year - up by 12% compared with last year".

The figures also show that only one of 118 NHS trusts with a type 1 A&E department - those with a consultant-led 24-hour service - achieved the 95% standard on all types during the month. Some 10,000 of these call-outs were to the most serious, life-threatening cases - again the highest number recorded in a month and a rise of 16.6% from the previous year.

This is an increase of 14.2% in three years, according to NHS England.

"Some patients are waiting too long, but we also need to recognise that more patients are supported than ever". We have got more hospital beds open than last winter, but flu has come early and is around twice as high as this time a year ago.

Dr Simon Walsh, emergency medicine lead at the BMA, said: 'These figures are truly alarming and serve as yet further evidence that our NHS simply doesn't have the resources, staff, or capacity cope with rocketing demand. For the public there is still time to get your flu jab, and keep in mind to use the free NHS 111 phone and online service and your local pharmacist. We need a long-term fix to this crisis, so that doctors can get back to doing what they do best - caring for their patients'.

The number of people attending the trust's A&E departments last month increased by almost 3,000 from a year ago, to 17,523.

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