Labour’s Parliamentary candidates Josh Fenton-Glynn (Calder Valley) and Holly Walker-Lynch (Halifax) have expressed concerns that Huddersfield and Halifax hospitals have missed their annual A&E targets for the first time ever.
During one week in January, only 84.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours - more than 10 per cent below the NHS target. In that same week, 164 patients waited between four and 12 hours.
Ms Walker-Lynch said; “I appreciate that staff are working incredibly hard at Halifax A&E however it is clear that more doctors and nurses are needed to alleviate the pressures and reduce waiting times. To consider closing Halifax A&E, given that the department is already struggling to cope with the demand from patients across Calderdale, is absolutely ludicrous.”
Best practice guidelines suggest that the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust needs 10 consultants at each A&E department. There are currently just 10 consultants between the two, requiring a £1m investment to bridge the staffing shortfall.
Mr Josh Fenton-Glynn added; “These figures show that this government has been a disaster for the NHS. When Labour left office, waiting times were the lowest on record, now they have soared. The clinical case for the closure of our A&E has again been shot to pieces.
The next election is a clear choice between a party who would invest in the NHS and employ more doctors, nurses and midwifes or a Conservative party who have seen waiting lists rise and satisfaction fall. Labour candidates who will fight together to keep Halifax A&E open and a Tory candidate who as an MP failed to oppose the closure.”