MP reveals A&E waiting times ‘crisis’

Kings Mill Hospital.
Kings Mill Hospital.

An MP has blamed Government policies after figures show winter waiting times for the Trust running Kings Mill Hospital are not meeting A&E targets.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero revealed statistics showing patients kept waiting for longer than four hours fell below Government targets during the winter period over the past three years.

But Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust maintains it has hit the Government targets of seeing 95 per cent of all its patients in under four hours in the past year, despite a higher workload.

The MP said the figures showed a crisis in A&E, adding: “The increase in the number of patients having to wait longer than four hours compared to exactly the same winter period over the last few years is concerning. Everyone knows the intense pressures A&E wards have been under up and down the country and the Health Secretary has been repeatedly warned that he needs to get a grip of the situation.”

Simon Evans, Deputy Director of Operations at the trust said: “Last year 134,182 patients attended our hospitals for emergency care and treatment. We achieved the Government’s target of seeing 95 per cent of those patients within four hours. This was despite 500 more patients attending the Emergency Department at King’s Mill Hospital than in the previous year. We also saw more frail and elderly patients who are less likely to be discharged home and therefore need admitting to our hospital.” He said the trust had recruited more nurse practitioners, consultants and out of hours cover.