Commenting on the Tories dismal record on A&E waiting times, Nick Ireland said "It is disappointing that South Dorset's local A&E in Dorchester has failed to meet the 4 hour waiting time target of 95% but given that the department is drastically undersized for the volume of patients it receives and that the hospital can't recruit enough nurses either domestically or internationally, it's not a surprise."
"DCH has plans to rebuild the Emergency Department but has no funding to do so. Agency spending is above budget and the steep drop in EU residents coming to work in Dorset due to Brexit has taken it's toll. DCH needs our help and by stopping Brexit and investing in our NHS, a Liberal Democrat government will make that happen."
Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.
“It is shameful that patients in South Dorset are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations."
“These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed."
“Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs."
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”