Bob Ainsworth has uncovered worrying statistics which show that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment on the NHS increased hugely in the Coventry Primary Care Trust area between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
The figures, which emerged in response to a parliamentary question asked by Bob, show that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment in the Coventry Primary Care Trust area increased from 3,377 in 2010-11 to 3,853 in 2011-12.
However, the increase in waiting times was not isolated to Coventry alone. The figures reveal that the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks to start treatment also increased in the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority from 52,285 in 2010-11 to 65,237 in 2011-12 and in England as a whole there was an increase from 528,768 in 2010-11 to 610,240 in 2011-12.
“These figures are extremely worrying and completely undermine the claims made by the Tory-led Government that waiting times in the NHS are falling.
“The most worrying aspect of all is that as a result of the Government’s mishandling of the NHS, patients are suffering and public satisfaction with the NHS is plummeting.
“We are now seeing signs of strain in the National Health Service; waiting times are rising; treatments are being rationed; frontline jobs are being cut; and NHS finances are being squeezed; and all this comes on top of the £3bn cost of the Government’s top-down reorganisation of the NHS.
“This just proves the old adage; the Tories can’t be trusted on the NHS”.