NHS winter crisis

Stephen Hepburn, the Labour MP for the Jarrow constituency has questioned Government health ministers over the NHS winter crisis. 

According to research by the Labour Party, there has been a 234 per cent rise in patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E since the Conservatives took charge of the NHS. 

Mr Hepburn asked health ministers what steps the Department for Health and Social Care are taking to reduce pressure on NHS A&E departments in South Tyneside, Gateshead and the North East. 

Stephen Barclay MP, a Minister of State for Health and Social Care told the Jarrow constituency MP: “NHS England advises that the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network, working on behalf of local clinical commissioning groups has produced a winter surge management campaign to help reduce pressure on accident and emergency services in the region."

"South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has robust winter plans in place to ensure the proactive management of patient flow, facilitation of safe and timely discharge and the efficient use of inpatient capacity during the winter period."

"These plans are operational from November 2017 to May 2018 and were submitted as part of the local A&E delivery board plans and in line with the North East region’s urgent and emergency care network. The Trust planned extra bed capacity for the winter period, with up to 24 additional acute inpatient beds available as needed."

Stephen Hepburn MP said: “Despite the heroic efforts of our fantastic NHS staff, Theresa May’s reassurances have proved completely meaningless and hollow as usual."

"Eight years of harsh austerity has left our NHS badly underfunded, understaffed and unprepared for the rise in demand when the winter period hits, as we have seen over the past month."

“As the NHS enters its 70th year, the truth is that Tory neglect has left local health services seriously underfunded and overstretched. Ministers must now get an urgent grip of yet another Conservative NHS winter crisis.”

"Only Labour will put in place a long term plan for the NHS giving it the proper funding needed for the future.”

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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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