1,193 patients in Stockport have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter, Liberal Democrat analysis has revealed. Of these, 343 who faced waits of over an hour.
Analysis also shows that local hospitals are suffering from dangerously high bed occupancy rates. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has been at least 95% full for 17 of 42 days; far above the recommended maximum level of 85% bed occupancy that experts say must be maintained to protect patient safety.
Liberal Democrat Cllr. Lisa Smart commented:
“These figures show the NHS is in a desperate state. Hundreds of patients are being left stuck in ambulances outside A&Es while hospitals like Stepping Hill are suffering from a severe lack of beds.
"Every ambulance stuck outside an A&E department could well be needed by another patient waiting desperately at home for help.
“The Conservative government needs to get real about what it takes to properly fund the NHS. Liberal Democrats would give NHS and care the extra £6 billion they desperately need by putting a penny on income tax, which would raise £22m a year for health services in Stockport alone.
“The lack of NHS funding is putting local people at risk. Last year the Red Cross spoke of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS. How many more winters will it take for the Conservatives to put a stop to this chronic underfunding of our health services?”