New information published today shows how David Cameron’s NHS crisis has forced hospitals to cancel planned operations, declare major incidents and place themselves on black alert. The situation was so bad at Brighton and Sussex Hospital Trust that its mortuary ran out of space.
Nancy Platts said: “It is simply unacceptable that the NHS has gone backwards under the Tories. The news today confirms what people living round here know, our hospital cannot survive another five years of the Tories. The staff at the hospital are doing a fantastic job in what is clearly very difficult and challenging circumstances. We discover today not only was our hospital struggling to cope with the sick in our community, it couldn’t cope with the number of people dying. The NHS was set up to provide people with free health care from cradle to grave, and people expect that care now to include dignity and compassion.
"The Tories want to take us back to a level of public spending of the 1930s, before we even had an NHS. People have a choice on 7 May. A vote for anything other than Labour in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven is a vote for further dismantling our NHS.”
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS trust reported the “local emergency care system under significant, sustained pressure” and that the mortuary “was at capacity”.
• Number of hospitals experiencing ‘serious operational problems’ doubles in a year
• Nearly half of all NHS Trusts experienced an operational problem
• Hospitals warn of “dire situation” as they cope with “severe staffing shortages” and “unprecedented demand”.
• Labour will rescue the NHS with a £2.5 billion Time to Care Fund, to ensure 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, and we will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours