Jenny calls on PM to get a grip on ambulance queues
Jenny Chapman MP today called on David Cameron to get to grips with the growing problems faced by A&E departments, raising the specific issue of ambulances being held up as they are forced to queue to unload patients.
Jenny Chapman (Darlington) (Lab): We have known for months that our A&E departments in our hospitals are in trouble, but now we find that almost 30,000 ambulances have been stuck in queues outside our hospitals. Does the Prime Minister regret not having got a grip on that issue a bit more quickly?
The Prime Minister: The point I would make is that we have met the A&E targets more times this winter than when the shadow Health Secretary was sitting in the Cabinet with responsibility for the NHS. I commend what our doctors, nurses and A&E departments have done, because they are coping with around 1.2 million more A&E attendances every year than when we came to power in 2010. They have done magnificent work, and they are doing it on the basis of having not only many thousand more doctors but 2,000 more nurses than in 2010. That is more nurses in our NHS than at any time since Nye Bevan stood at this Dispatch Box back in the 1940s, and that is a record of which the Government can be proud.
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