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Inquiry plea over hospital queues

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

MP Daniel Kawczynski has called for an investigation to be carried out into the impact of delays at Welsh hospitals on NHS England. This follows reports of patients being taken from Wales to Shrewsbury because of long queues for treatment. Mr Kawczynski said that this is putting too much pressure on hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The Shrewsbury and Atcham Conservative MP called for a Department of Health investigation to be carried out to assess the extra pressure this is putting on NHS England. Figures released last summer revealed that 15% of ambulances from Shropshire were being delayed for over an hour at Wrexham. Wrexham Maelor is the local hospital for those living in north Shropshire.

“between four and five hours of ambulance time lost”

A Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group accountable officer Caron Morton said that there had been instances of patients being picked up in Shropshire who, out of choice, wanted to go to Wrexham but were forced to wait in excess of four hours in the back of ambulances. She said: “(That) in essence means between four and five hours of ambulance time lost, but also not the type of patient experience that we would want for our patients in Shropshire.

Welsh Assembly Member for Wrexham, Lesley Griffiths, said that an extra £40m had been allocated to the NHS in Wales to help ease the problem.

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