Elderly patients who no longer need to be in hospital cannot be discharged due to cuts to social care which is in turn putting extra pressure on Addenbrooke’s.
Speaking in the Commons, Daniel Zeichner challenged the health secretary who visited Cambridge last week and asked if he had noticed the one hundred over 85s on the wards at Addenbrooke’s when they should have been out in the community.
There has been a 12% rise in the number of people over the age of 85 coming into A&E.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “With winter fast approaching, the Government and the Conservative County Council need to come clean and acknowledge that their underfunding of social care is the root cause of problems in our NHS.
Addenbrooke’s is not the place to warehouse vulnerable elderly patients. Our elderly parents and grandparents deserve proper social care and wards need to be free for people who are ill.”
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Plans are being drawn up that could see radical cuts to NHS services.
According to the available documents, by 2021, the NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is projected to be £250m short of the funds it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same level of care for patients.
Daniel Zeichner MP has welcomed the report of the National Audit Office investigation into the collapse of the Uniting Care Contract.
Mr Zeichner, who has long campaigned on this issue, and held an adjournment debate on the topic in January 2016, had called for the independent organisation to conduct a full review.
Commenting on the decision by Health regulator Monitor to investigate financial problems at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner says that many of the issues have been caused by policy mistakes made by the Government.
He says they must take their share of the responsibility and work with the hospital to tackle the underlying problems: "It is no good just putting Addenbrookes on the naughty step, when we all know there are deep-seated issues across the health and care system which have been made worse by poor Government decisions.
Staff and managers are working their socks off at Addenbrookes to keep services running, but are facing enormous pressures not of their making. Cuts to local councils mean too many frail elderly people staying too long in hospital, while cuts to nurse training has made recruitment in a high-cost area near impossible. Add in the Government's refusal to pay staff what they were promised, which has further damaged morale, and the massively expensive reorganisation of services caused by the Health and Social Care Act, it is no surprise that there are problems.
The latest statistics on waiting times at Accident and Emergency Units
show that hundreds of people each week are continuing to wait more than
four hours at Addenbrooke's before getting attention.
Ed Miliband has again chosen Cambridge to make a major announcement to tackle the housing crisis. Earlier in the year he unveiled plans to strengthen rights for tenants in privately-rented homes, offering longer tenancies and protection against unexpected rent hikes.