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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 576: debated on Thursday 27 February 2014

Ministerial Correction

Thursday 27 February 2014

Health

Accident and Emergency Attendances

The following is an extract given by the Under-Secretary of State for Health, the hon. Member for Battersea (Jane Ellison), to the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Andrew Gwynne), from Oral Question number 16 on 25 February 2014.

Ministers again deny that England’s A and E departments are in crisis. The Secretary of State did so in response to my right hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) earlier. It just will not wash any more. In the past two weeks, 10,743 patients waited on trolleys for up to 12 hours because no hospital beds were available and 52 patients waited for even longer. Does the Minister really think that it is acceptable that patients are experiencing the worst fortnight in A and E this winter while she is complacently sitting on her hands?

There is no complacency on the Government Benches, and attendances are half what they were under Labour. Week after week we have heard those on the Opposition Front Bench come to the House to talk up a crisis in our NHS, but the NHS has responded incredibly well throughout the winter. I pay huge tribute to the staff of the NHS for what they have done in responding to this. The Government are taking long-term action to reduce pressure on A and E; even the College of Emergency Medicine rebuts the Opposition line that there is a crisis in A and E this winter.

[Official Report, 25 February 2014, Vol. 576, c. 157.]

Letter of correction from Jane Ellison:

An error has been identified in the response given on 25 February 2014.

The correct response should have been:

There is no complacency on the Government Benches, and waits to assessment are half what they were under Labour. Week after week we have heard those on the Opposition Front Bench come to the House to talk up a crisis in our NHS, but the NHS has responded incredibly well throughout the winter. I pay huge tribute to the staff of the NHS for what they have done in responding to this. The Government are taking long-term action to reduce pressure on A and E; even the College of Emergency Medicine rebuts the Opposition line that there is a crisis in A and E this winter.