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Andrew Gwynne criticises on-going NHS winter crisis
Thursday 12th January 2017 @ 12:24 by Lee Wild
Denton & Audenshaw News

Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has today criticised the on-going crisis the NHS is facing this winter.

He hit out at the Conservative party and says that instead of improving the service, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt is instead “moving the goalposts

The Tameside Reporter revealed last week how patients had been asked to stay away from Tameside Hospital Accident and Emergency Department as they experienced “high levels of demand.”


One third of hospitals nationally have declared they need urgent help dealing with the number of patients coming through their doors.

According to figures from Mr Gwynne A&E departments have turned patients away on more than 143 occasions between 1 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.

In one day last month 15 hospitals ran out of beds with elderly and vulnerable patients left waiting on trolleys in corridors, sometimes for over 24 hours.

Andrew Gwynne MP said: “The crisis that we have seen unfold in our NHS over recent times is absolutely appalling. The Tories have consistently missed their own targets on A&E waiting times and instead of improving the service Jeremy Hunt is simply moving the goal posts.

“Labour is calling on the Government to bring forward the £700m of social care funding planned for 2019/20 now and to pledge a new funding settlement for health and social care in the Budget in March.

“Staff at our local hospitals at Tameside and Stepping Hill are working tirelessly day and night to make sure patients are seen and treated, but they need the support of a and Government who believe in them.

“Once again Jeremy Hunt is proving that you can’t trust the Conservatives with the NHS”