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GMB DEMANDS HUNT RESIGNS AS NHS ‘TAILSPINS INTO CATASTROPHE’

Friday, January 5, 2018

GMB DEMANDS HUNT RESIGNS AS NHS ‘TAILSPINS INTO CATASTROPHE’

Everyone apart from the Health Secretary seemed to see this crisis coming a mile off says union.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, has demanded Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt resigns as the NHS crisis tailspins into catastrophe.

Already in 2018 tens of thousands of non-emergency operations have been postponed [1], while the latest NHS figures show in the final week of 2017 almost 5,000 ambulances had to wait more than an hour to handover the patient to hospital. [2]

Before Christmas, GMB warned of the growing crisis in the NHS and these latest revelations are a shocking indictment of the way the NHS at all levels has been starved of cash and resources.

The number of hospitals turning sick people away has dramatically increased putting lives at risk.

GMB says Jeremy Hunt must take responsibility for this disaster and step down.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer for the NHS, said:

"Everyone apart from the Health Secretary seemed to see this crisis coming a mile off - it repeats the pattern of previous years.

"In winter it is cold, people get flu, have accidents, illnesses and require treatment. That is well known.

“However because the Government have starved the NHS of resources, a foreseen event, which should have been planned for, has become a crisis.

"Asking already stressed and overworked staff to undertake more shifts, as some have done, will lead to more staff having to report sick though exhaustion and stress.

“Alternatives such as ‘Walk In’ Centres are very busy there are growing queues for advice and treatment.

“Some who attend are found to be so ill, they need hospital care. While Walk In Centres relieve the pressure on A&E Departments, they also need additional staff.

"GMB members working for ambulance trusts continuously complain of lengthening times to hand patients over to A&E departments, leading to longer response times for 999 calls.

“Frustration seems to be the common thread throughout the NHS.

“Theresa May apologised for the mess the NHS, but unless she orders the Chancellor to devote more money to our health service that apology will have a very hollow ring for the people of Britain.

“Meanwhile her Health Secretary is clearly not up to the job, and must step down before the NHS crisis tailpsins into catastrophe.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42541412

[2] From NHS England external communications department:

Winter Demand and Capacity

 

Indicator

 

 

Period w/e 31st Dec 2017

 

 

Previous week

 

 

 

 

 

Number of  A&E closures 1

 

 

0

 

 

0

 

 

Number of A&E diverts 1

 

 

39

 

 

6

 

 

Ambulance handover delays > 30 mins

 

 

16,893

 

 

11,852

 

 

Ambulance handover delays > 60 mins

 

 

4,734

 

 

2,413

 

 

Number of beds closed due to D&V/Norovirus symptoms (average per day)

 

 

731

 

 

812

 

 

Number of beds closed due to D&V/Norovirus symptoms that are unoccupied (average per day)

 

 

149

 

 

214

 

 

General and acute beds occupancy rate

 

 

91.7%

 

 

90.9%

 

 

Occupancy rate for adult critical care beds

 

 

81.9%

 

 

82.2%

 

 

Occupancy rate for paediatric intensive care beds

 

 

77.8%

 

 

79.8%

 

 

Occupancy rate for neonatal intensive care cots

 

 

71.0%

 

 

73.1%

 

 

Number of patients in hospital who spent 7 days or more in hospital (average per day)

 

 

43,553

 

 

40,411

 

 

Number of patients in hospital who spent 21 days or more in hospital (average per day)

 

 

16,556

 

 

15,784

 

 

 

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