In the Daily Mirror today: A&E is creaking under pressure admits NHS boss who says hospitals are struggling to cope
The article begins:
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh says budget cuts and high expectations were making it “difficult” for the NHS
Dr Louise Irvine is cited at the end of the article:
Dr Louise Irvine, a GP who is standing against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt for election next May, said: “How much longer can this government deny its health policies are hurting patients?”
Here is the full statement that Dr Louise Irvine sent to the Daily Mirror:
How much longer can this government deny its health policies are hurting patients? What a dreadful state we’ve reached where more and more ambulances are unable to even deliver sick people to A&E. This is because of a log-jam at emergency departments created by this government’s programme of cuts. Patients are left stranded in A&E because of insufficient doctors to treat them, not enough hospital beds to admit them to, and shrinking social care budgets preventing patients from being discharged back into the community. For the sake of patients, the end of this government cannot come too soon.