Save Our Hospitals is a resident-led campaign group formed in July 2012. We are FIGHTING against the NHS plans to DEMOLISH Charing Cross Hospital and downgrading of our A&Es( Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Ealing and Central Middlesex Hospitals)
Saturday, 19 March 2016
Worrying figures reveal almost 50,000 people left A&E departments without being seen in one MONTH
The statistics show a sharp rise in the the number of patients deciding to walk out of A&E without seeing a doctor.
On the rise: People waiting more than four hours in A&E has almost doubled in five years
Nearly 50,000 sick people walked out of A&E departments without receiving treatment in a single month.
New figures obtained by Labour show that the number of patients deciding to walk out of A&E without seeing a doctor has risen by 49% in the past two years.
Record numbers of patients are also being made to wait longer than hours before being treated.
The latest Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) data shows that in November 2015 46,945 patients decided they could wait no longer for treatment and walked out of their A&Es.
In November 2013 this figure stood at 31,447 - a rise of 49%.
In a further sign of the growing crisis across Britain’s A&E units data from December 2015 showed a huge rise in patients having to wait over four hours to be treated compared to five years ago.
People waiting over four hours to be treated
In December 2015 165,740 sick people waited over four hours to be treated. Five years earlier the figure was 88,475.
Labour’s shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander MP said: “This is yet another sign of the worsening crisis in our A&E departments.
“Cuts to social care and difficulties in getting a GP appointment have left hospitals overwhelmed.
“Too many patients are now faced with the prospect of having to wait hours on end in busy A&E departments, so it is little wonder some are giving up hope and returning home without receiving.
“Ministers might be in denial but the reality is we have seen longer and longer delays in accessing emergency care since the Tories came to power.
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“We need urgent action to tackle the crisis in A&E and ensure patients are able to get the care they need, when they need it.”
In January a new report by think-tank The Kings Fund warned the crisis gripping A&Es has spread to other areas of the NHS as staff struggle to cope with the deluge of patients, a report has warned.