A&E services are under huge pressure across the country, and on Friday, I again visited the Leicester Royal Infirmary to see what the latest situation is like on the ground.
Dr Ben Teasdale, the clinical lead in the emergency department, said they are seeing an increasing number of very sick, elderly patients. He told me about the problems they face recruiting enough staff, and that it’s vital ED services are properly funded and joined up with the work of local GPs. We also discussed the important STEP campaign being run by the College of Emergency Medicine.
I’ll continue to work closely with our local NHS and the City Council to address the problems facing our A&E. We also need action from central Government. Labour has put forward a 5 point plan to help A&Es, including putting more GPs in emergency departments, recruiting more nurses back into practice and making sure there are enough clinicians on the NHS 111 helpline.