Letter: 15% of patients in our area wait more than four hours to be seen in A&E

Date published: 05 February 2017

Dear Editor,

So far over 320,000 people have signed the 38 Degrees petition to Prime Minister Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health demanding more funding to make our NHS safe for everyone who needs it.

Five hundred and seventeen people so far have signed the petition from the OL11 area.

Readers may be interested in the 38 Degrees 'NHS Crisis Tracker' which has mapped where those petitioners are from and has identified a £1.1bn is the funding gap for the NHS in our area.

And that 15% of patients in our area wait more than four hours to be seen in A&E. The official government target is a maximum of 5%. information on the NHS in our area can be found at:

Obviously, there are huge problems in the NHS nationally. You can see from some of the online comments from people who have signed in our area that all is not well, for example:

'The long waits in A and E are awful my mother had to wait for five hours not so long ago and she is 87 years old.'


'Bad not due to staff but due to lack of beds which is because of the lack of funding. Very poor when you are ill. I earn a good salary and have always contributed since working from the age of 19 and i am 50 now. What are they doing with my taxes?'

Readers who are concerned that services are failing patients due to lack of funding can add their names to the petition at:



Andrew Wastling

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