George to question Health Secretary on Hospital services

Posted on: 2nd July 2013

 Following reports of “Patients facing 8 hour wait in ambulances outside A&E at Treliske”

West Cornwall MP and Health Select Committee member, Andrew George, will be questioning Health Secretary, Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, in the Commons this afternoon when Mr Hunt will be questioned on emergency care, the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act and the recent crisis in the Care Quality Commission.

Mr George – who himself has had to make full use of the West Cornwall Hospital Urgent Care Centre with a succession of broken fingers sustained on the cricket field (most recent last weekend)! – will highlight a recent report in the Sunday Telegraph which reported that the longest delays in ambulances waiting outside emergency departments was at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.  It stated that “on one day in March, one patient waited more than 8 hours before handover while two others waited more than 7 hours”.

Mr George will highlight that Treliske receives lower tariff funding than any other hospital and is still struggling with a significant legacy debt from a period 7 years ago, whilst hospital beds have been cut by more than 25%.

The evidence session will commence at 2.30 pm.


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