MELTDOWN: Lancashire’s health service crisis revealed

Royal Preston Hospital A&E Department entrance
Royal Preston Hospital A&E Department entrance
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Lancashire’s crisis-hit health service is ‘overheating’, a leading health boss said today.

An Evening Post investigation found:-

Almost 1,000 people were forced to wait more than four hours to be seen at A&E in the first three weeks of the year (Read more here)

GPs are burning out and struggling to cope (Read more here)

Ambulance crews are busier than ever before (Read more here)

Peter Higgins, chief executive of the Lancashire & Cumbria Consortium of Local Medical Committees, said: “The whole of the health service is overheating.

“If there was an easy answer to this problem, I am sure the politicians and senior planners would have found it.

“Workload in general practices has gone up hugely. The trouble is the one that grabs the headlines is the A&E figures.”

Mr Higgins says in fact the demand has become so huge on general practices over the last 10 to 12 years that the “rise makes the A&E figures pale into insignificance”.