Christmas chaos expected as Bristol A&E waiting time figures reach new low

Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire were treated or admitted within four hours in November 2019, according to damning figures published by NHS England.

This is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 81.4% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in November, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Bristol West, James Cox, said:

“It is shameful that patients in Bristol are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

“These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.
"With the Christmas period upon us, we can only expect the situation to worsen. This is unacceptable. Our NHS needs more than a loan from this government, it needs real investment otherwise services will continue to deteriorate. 
“During the election, the Tories promised to fix our NHS. After four and a half years of managed decline, it's time their actions matched their words.”

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