MP claims A&E units could be facing a ‘collapse’

Andy Burnham

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A WIGAN borough MP has led calls for reforms to A&E departments after doctors and managers called for urgent changes in the NHS.

Andy Burnham, the MP for Leigh and shadow health secretary

He said: “Labour has warned the Government for weeks about the severe problems they are inflicting on England’s A&Es, but they failed to act.

“The Government has been trying to blame everybody else but, as the leader of the Foundation Trust Network says today, it is David Cameron’s misguided re-organisation that has plunged the service into chaos.

“Finally we learn that Jeremy Hunt has been trying to cobble together a panic plan at the last-minute but failed to deliver. This is a weak and inadequate response to the scale of the problems that the NHS is facing.

“To restore confidence, the Government must urgently bring forward a clear and costed plan to address the chaos in A&E. The NHS needs leadership not this shambles from David Cameron.”

Both the College of Emergency Medicine and Foundation Trust Network have put forward proposals to overhaul the system.

Despite the concerns, Wigan Infirmary remains the best performing A&E department in the region.

Between April 2012 and the end of March this year, no less than 95 per cent of patients who attended the A&E department at Wigan Infirmary were seen by medics within four hours. No other hospital in the region managed to go a full year meeting the target.