New figures have revealed the extent of the NHS crisis in Eastbourne.

In East Sussex, 333 people waited over 4 hours to be seen in December. Even more alarmingly, five people waited over 12 hours to be seen in December during the winter crisis. 

Meanwhile, the average ambulance response time for the most urgent incidents in East Sussex was 11 minutes and 2 seconds, in December – well in excess of the NHS target of 7 minutes. 

Response times for urgent conditions such as heart attacks and strokes are even longer. Ambulance response times in the South East Coast for these Category 2 emergencies are now 46 minutes and 14 seconds, way above the 18-minute target.

The Liberal Democrats have set out a five-point plan to tackle the ambulance service crisis. The party is demanding the Government release the money they promised to help discharge patients from hospitals, as soon as possible. 

Josh Babarinde, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Eastbourne said:

“The Government’s failure to tackle the crisis in our NHS is letting down people in Eastbourne and putting patients’ lives at risk. How much more evidence do Ministers need? They either don’t care or just can’t grasp the scale of this problem. 

“Unacceptable and heartbreaking delays mean the Government is falling far short even on its own targets. 

“Far too many people in Eastbourne are having to wait far too long to get the treatment they need. In many cases, this is literally a matter of life or death. Being born and bred in Eastbourne myself, I know and understand that people in our area deserve far better.

“Our NHS isn’t just at breaking point – it’s splitting at its very seams. We need action from the Conservatives. Liberal Democrats are demanding the Government release the money they promised to help discharge patients from hospitals, and launch a campaign to recruit the extra paramedics and ambulance staff we need.”