Save our NHS Hull and E. Yorkshire does not endorse one political Party but we do ask our locally elected representatives keep the community up top date with what they are doing. Here is Hull North MP Diana Johnson’s recent report.
Our local NHS services are under massive pressure. At the end of last year Hull Royal Infirmary (HRI) was put on Purple Alert – just one level lower than Black Alert, which indicates potential service failure. Ambulances were queuing outside when the hospital ran out of beds. If it were not for off-duty staff answering a plea from hospital bosses, it’s not clear what would have happened.
Waiting times at HRI are some of the worst in the country – during Christmas week just 73.5% of patients at HRI were seen within four hours at A&E, compared with the national target of 95%.
Earlier this month I met the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to tell him of my concerns. It is no surprise to me that emergency services are buckling. My own survey in Hull North has shown how hard it is to get a GP appointment (35% of people waited more than one week), meaning that some people end up in A&E out of desperation. Other factors, such as cuts to social care, are adding to this pressure on the A&E.
I have asked the Health Secretary to provide extra support to HRI during these critical winter/spring months. The new hospital management have said that they will implement changes by March to improve the situation. All three Hull MPs are meeting the Hull NHS Chief Executive regularly to push for speedy progress and will continue to do so – but changes made by the Government do not make this job easier.
I will continue to push both the Government and the local Trust for action to improve the situation. It cannot go on like this. Please let me have your views about the situation at HRI, and what you think needs to be done to improve it, byclicking here to fill in my online survey.
Diana Johnson MP for Hull North