MORE than 1,000 patients waited more than 12 hours to be seen at A&E clinics in York and Scarborough during December, new figures have revealed.

York LibDems said 1,234 patients waited more than 12 hours in emergency departments at York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust teaching hospitals, while 1,916 waited more than four hours.

Cllr Carol Runciman, LibDem executive member for health, claimed the government had failed to deal with the crisis in the NHS and was putting people’s lives at risk.

“Too many people in both York and Scarborough are having to wait too long to get the treatment they need,” she said. “In many cases, it’s literally a matter of life or death.”

She said the money should be made available without delay to help discharge patients from hospitals and to start a campaign to recruit the extra paramedics and ambulance staff that are needed.

The foundation said on January 3 that its emergency services were under the worst pressure in their history after being hit by a devastating combination of Covid cases, flu cases, staff shortages and bed blockages, with many patients ending up waiting for “long periods of time”. before entering the ward. Earlier this week it was said that the pressure had eased a bit.

A government spokesman said it had allocated an extra £500m to speed up hospital discharges and free up beds, and the NHS was creating the equivalent of at least 7,000 extra beds to help reduce A&E waits and bring back ambulances.

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