David Cameron has left the NHS unprepared for this winter and hospitals across the country are struggling to cope. There are fewer nurses, fewer beds and a shortage of A&E doctors as NHS staff face a looming A&E crisis this winter. It just goes to show that you can’t trust David Cameron with the NHS.
This is an A&E crisis that started on this Government’s watch. Labour saved the NHS – when we left office A&E was doing well with 98% of patients seen within four hours. But David Cameron has made it harder to get a GP appointment, closed NHS Walk-in Centres and scrapped NHS Direct leaving people with no alternative but to go to A&E.
But there is a deeper cause of the A&E crisis. David Cameron’s cuts to social care budgets mean fewer older people are getting the help they need to stay healthy and independent in their own homes.
I’ve spoken to several older people in Coventry and they’ve told me how they want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. £1.8bn has been cut from adult social care budgets since 2009/10 and this means that elderly people are not getting the care they need at home or in the community, leading to increased demand for emergency care when problems occur.
We need to ensure that our NHS is protected but David Cameron is taking it backwards. It’s people in Coventry who are paying the price.