Tracy Brabin, Batley and Spen MP has today (Monday) questioned Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt over the experiences of one constituent, Pat Mackintosh, at Dewsbury A&E over the Christmas period.
After revealing the ‘unbelievable‘ scenes at Dewsbury A&E last week, Ms Brabin has now highlighted the lack of out-of-hours provision.
Standing up for her constituents in the House of Commons an impassioned Ms Brabin asked ‘Pat who is a frail, elderly constituent of mine had pneumonia like symptoms but didn’t want to go to A&E, didn’t want to put pressure on hard-working staff so she phoned NHS Direct, she was told there were 100 people in front of her for a doctor’s visit. Now of course she thought she was going to die if she was left in her house, so she went to A&E where she waited 20 hours for a bed. This is unacceptable. Would the Secretary of State therefore agree with me that there is urgent and immediate demand for out-of-hours doctors, and if so, what is he going to do about it?’
Jeremy Hunt acknowledged the importance of the issue responding ‘she is right, for people like her constituent we need to have better alternatives to A&E’.
Commenting Tracy Brabin MP said:
“Pat’s treatment is nothing short of a disaster, I cannot imagine how terrible it was for her or the strain it put on her family.
“The fact is Pat didn’t want to go to A&E but because she was told there were 100 people waiting to see a clinician ahead of her when she called NHS Direct, she had no choice.
“I visited Pat over the weekend and I’m very glad her health has improved, she is full of thanks for NHS staff, as am I.
“I appreciate that Jeremy Hunt took my concerns seriously but he now must look at how his disastrous decisions are affecting patient care and move quickly to rectify them.
“With so many problems in our local NHS, I cannot understand how Mid Yorks Trust can push ahead with the downgrade of Dewsbury A&E or reduce any services at the present time.”