FIGURES show that there has been a sharp increase in the number of patients waiting for more than four hours at A&E in local hospitals.
Between January and March 2012, the number of people who had to wait for more than four hours in the Accident and Emergency departments of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was up by nearly two-thirds.
The number in 2012 was 1,310 people, up from 796 during the same period the year before.
The figures were obtained by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero after she submitted a Parliamentary written question to the Secretary of State for Health.
She also tabled a question asking about the annual figures, which showed that there was an increase of 68 per cent in the number of patients having to wait more than four hours in 2011/12 compared to 2010/11.
Ms De Piero said: “Waiting times are so important and we all want our loved ones to be treated as quickly as possible, so this steep rise must be extremely worrying for the Government.”
But Carolyn White, deputy chief executive of the trust, said that it is one of only two trusts in the East Midlands to achieve the four hour A&E wait target for all quarters and the year end, during 2011/12.
“This needs to be taken in the context of the Trust receiving an additional 11 per cent of A&E patients during this period, with many of these patients requiring the services of a full emergency department due to the nature of their illness or injury,” she said.
Ms De Piero has written to the Health Secretary asking for an explanation of the increases.