This week, a resident told me they had watched an elderly lady trip outside Waterstones on the High Street and badly injure themselves. So badly an ambulance was called for. The poor lady then waited two and a half hours for assistance.
Unfortunately, this story is not unusual; we all know someone who has struggled to get help via our local hospital.
The Conservative government is to blame for the deterioration of our ambulance delays, which had led to significantly longer waiting times in recent years. In fact, the average response time has increased by 63% for Category 2 calls since 2019. This means that a person who suffers a heart attack is, on average, waiting over 55 minutes for help in Wiltshire.
This data was obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats, and we are calling for urgent action to tackle local ambulance delays and support our hospital.
Paramedics on the frontline do an incredible job day in day out, looking after people in their time of need. But our overstretched NHS services are collapsing under the strain of years of neglect under this chaotic Conservative government.
According to the data obtained, the longest someone has had to wait to be admitted into Salisbury’s A&E was over 29 hours. This is appalling and no reflection on our NHS staff but a chilling demonstration of the strain they are facing right now due to shoddy policy decisions.
I am proud to live in a country where anyone, no matter their age, employment status, income can access world-leading medical care, and it is heartbreaking to hear every day another NHS professional speaking on the radio about the dire state they are working in.
I used to wonder what more needed to happen before this Government would take our health system seriously, but now I realise that a change of government is the only solution.
First published in the Salisbury & Avon Gazette. 12-Dec-2022