Today's NHS England figures show only 85% of patients arriving at A&E in our area were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019. That's well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. The England-wide figure this quarter is the lowest since a target was introduced in 2004.
This is surely a symptom of chronic under-investment, a common story across our public services. Add to this the shortfall in nursing staff that would be exacerbated by a bad Brexit and the NHS faces an uncertain future. Under the Conservatives' Brexit plans, people coming from the EU to work in our NHS would have to pay an extra visa fee of £464 each.
The Liberal Democrats commit to spend an extra £35 billion on our NHS through a penny on income tax, with a third going to improving mental health services, which are in such great need of improvement.