Sixty eight patients in Gloucestershire have faced waits of half-an-hour or more in ambulances outside A&E so far this winter, Liberal Democrat analysis has revealed. Of these, 11 faced waits of over an hour.
In the week to 31st December, 11 patients faced waits of over half an hour waiting in ambulances outside A&E.
Analysis also shows that although Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is outperforming many others, local hospital beds were at least 95% full for 4 days since November 20.
This is way above the recommended maximum level of 85% bed occupancy that experts say must be maintained to protect patient safety.
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax for the NHS and care, which would raise £6bn a year, around £41million of which would go to NHS Gloucestershire CCG based on current allocations.
Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham Max Wilkinson said:
“We all value our health service and our huge thanks goes to the heroic efforts of NHS staff but these figures show dozens of patients are being left stuck in ambulances outside A&Es while our local hospitals have exceeded acceptable levels of bed occupancy on almost one day out of every ten.
"Every ambulance stuck outside an A&E department could well be needed by another patient waiting desperately at home for help and it's unacceptable.
“Each day seems to bring yet more bad news about the state of the health service. The blame for this lies firmly at the government’s door.
“Ministers refused to provide the funding that top NHS officials said was necessary and now patients are paying the price.
“The Liberal Democrats will give the NHS and care the extra cash they desperately need by putting a penny on income tax, which would raise £41million a year for health services in Gloucestershire alone."