No excuse for ambulance waiting times

The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching - and there's no excuse for their lack of preparation

By Judith Jolly, Jan 18, 2018 5:01

An ambulance By Graham Richardson from Plymouth, England (South Western Ambulance VX09FYP) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

More than 100,000 patients this winter had to wait in the back of an ambulance for at least 30 minutes due to overcrowding.

Those figures are absolutely shocking.

They provide yet more evidence that our NHS is at breaking point.

The government must act immediately to find a long-term solution to this unacceptable situation. Patients and hard-working staff are paying the price for the Government's repeated failure to act effectively.

The government were well aware that the winter-crisis period was approaching.

There is absolutely no excuse for their lack of preparation. Investments made in the summer were inadequate given the scale of the problems facing the NHS. 

The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to provide the investment that is so desperately needed.

By putting a penny on income tax, more money could be put straight into our NHS and social care services.

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