The latest figures showing the performance of Blackburn Hospital A&E demonstrates there is an obvious need to upgrade Burnley Hospital's new £9m Emergency Unit to a full A&E, says Burnley & Padiham MP Gordon Birtwistle.
Figures released show that only 79.7% of patients going to Blackburn A&E were seen in less than four hours at the end of December, falling far short of the 95% target. This means that more than one in five patients - over 400 a week in total - were waiting over four hours to be seen.
Burnley Hospital saw a new Emergency Unit open last year following a £9m investment, seven years after Labour closed the old A&E unit forcing people and ambulances to go to Blackburn from Burnley. While many ambulances and patients are now able to return to Burnley Hospital, these figures show that full A&E status needs to be returned to Burnley.
"It is not right that the people of Burnley and Padiham have to continue to live with Labour's mistake," Gordon said, "People's lives are being put at risk by continuing to send some ambulances to Blackburn when Blackburn's A&E clearly still cannot cope. It is time that the Hospitals Trust follow up the £9m investment in our new Emergency Unit by returning full A&E status to Burnley Hospital."
"I have been fighting alongside the people of Burnley and Padiham since we found out that Labour were planning to close our A&E. We fought against that decision at the time and we have been fighting ever since to bring the services back. The new Emergency Unit was a very welcome step in the right direction, but it is time that they take that last step to reinstate our A&E status."