Labour call for urgent summit on A&E departments

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Labour call for urgent summit on A&E departments

The news across this morning's front pages was one of crisis in the NHS, with many hospitals struggling under the weight of demand.

 

The Labour party has demanded that the government hold an urgent summit on how to reduce the pressure that A&E departments are under. 

 

Labour has called on the government to hold an urgent summit on how to lift pressure on A&E services in hospitals across the country.

It comes as figures show the NHS missed its four-hour A & E waiting time target. 

The delays meant 414,736 patients in England waited more than four hours for treatment across the latest three-month period.

The previous lowest quarterly performance was 94.1 per cent, recorded in the first three months of 2013.

Separate weekly figures also reveal that London North West Healthcare Trust was the worst in the country for the seven days to December 21.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said local government, the emergency services and other NHS professionals needed to agree co-ordinated action.

To talk more about this subject was Jos Bell, an NHS campaigner and Dr. Onkar Sahota, a Labour London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon. 

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