Jess Phillips reads abusive email live on BBC politics show
The waiting times for emergency services have been the topic of discussion in politics recently, as wait times for ambulances and treatment in A&E have revealed how stretched the NHS is.
Labour MP Jess Phillips has shown just how desperate the situation is after she began live-tweeting her family’s experience of trying to get her sick father emergency treatment.
On the evening of 9 November, Phillips explained in a tweet that her father had fallen ill and at 10 am that morning the NHS’s 111 services had advised he needed to be seen by a paramedic and would send an ambulance.
Phillips explained the ambulance never arrived so the family took him to A&E themselves and faced a very long wait to be seen. Phillips suggested the NHS decline is down to the previous twelve years of Tory rule.
At around 9 PM, Phillips tweeted: “My dad is ill, my brother called 111 at 10am. They said he needed a paramedic and would send an ambulance. It never came.
“I got back from London in my car this evening, I drove because I simply cannot rely on trains anymore in the UK. We are now in A&E. #12YearsofTory.”
\u201cMy dad is ill, my brother called 111 at 10am. They said he needed a paramedic and would send an ambulance. It never came. I got back from London in my car this evening, I drove because I simply cannot rely on trains anymore in the UK. We are now in A&E. #12YearsofTory\u201d
In her final update on the A&E visit, Phillips confirmed that her father had spent 17 hours there and thanked staff at the hospital for their hard work under difficult circumstances.
\u201cHome now with bag loads of pills and instructions for monitoring. In total we spent around 17 hours in A&E. We were luckier than others. Special shout out to the amazing night staff who remained cheerful and kind throughout. Bloody heroes. #ClapsAreHollow\u201d