Therese Coffey was told to go home after nine hours of waiting this summer.

Therese Coffey reveals she was told to go home after enduring a NINE HOUR wait this summer, but was quickly treated the next day at another NHS hospital just three miles away.

  • The Secretary of Health detailed her experience in the House of Commons
  • Illustrates the scale of the NHS emergency care crisis
  • Tens of thousands of Britons face 12-hour waits every month
  • His account came as he unveiled his NHS rescue plan, including his main pledge for patients to be able to see a GP within two weeks.

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Therese Coffey revealed today how she was forced to wait nine hours on A&E this summer only to be told to go home.

The Health Secretary’s own experience, recounted in the House of Commons, illustrates the scale of the NHS emergency care crisis.

Tens of thousands of Britons face 12-hour waits for victims each month.

Detailing her own horrific delay at A&E, Dr Coffey told MPs she was treated quickly after visiting a different nearby hospital the next day.

His account came as he unveiled his NHS rescue plan, including his main promise that patients could see a GP within two weeks.

The Health Secretary's own experience, recounted in the House of Commons, illustrates the scale of the NHS emergency care crisis.

The Health Secretary’s own experience, recounted in the House of Commons, illustrates the scale of the NHS emergency care crisis.

NHS data published today shows that 1.14 million Britons spent at least half a day stuck in waiting rooms or corridors between April 2021 and March 2022.

NHS data published today shows that 1.14 million Britons spent at least half a day stuck in waiting rooms or corridors between April 2021 and March 2022.

NHS data published today shows that 1.14 million Britons spent at least half a day stuck in waiting rooms or corridors between April 2021 and March 2022.

Promising a “laser-like” approach to tackling problems across the health service, he claimed there was “too much variation in the access and care that people receive across the country”.

Labor said the message Dr. Coffey delivered to patients effectively amounted to “get on your bike” and seek treatment elsewhere.

Responding to questions about his emergency plan in the House of Commons, he dismissed rumors that he was considering scrapping A&E’s four-hour waits.

Under current guidelines, 95 percent of patients must be admitted, transferred or discharged within 240 minutes.

Emergency unit data shows that three in 10 Britons were forced to wait more than four hours in A&E departments in August, while nearly a thousand a day waited 12 hours (monthly data provided by NHS England, which is different from the NHS Digital dataset)

Emergency unit data shows that three in 10 Britons were forced to wait more than four hours in A&E departments in August, while nearly a thousand a day waited 12 hours (monthly data provided by NHS England, which is different from the NHS Digital dataset)

Emergency unit data shows that three in 10 Britons were forced to wait more than four hours in A&E departments in August, while nearly a thousand a day waited 12 hours (monthly data provided by NHS England, which is different from the NHS Digital dataset)

Ambulance response times recovered slightly in August, but the time it took for paramedics to reach the scene was still well above targets.

Ambulance response times recovered slightly in August, but the time it took for paramedics to reach the scene was still well above targets.

Ambulance response times recovered slightly in August, but the time it took for paramedics to reach the scene was still well above targets.

But the goal has not been met since 2015. There have been four prime ministers in that time.

Dr Coffey said: ‘I can absolutely say there will be no change in the objective of a four hour wait at A&E.

‘I think it’s important, and I’ll tell you about a personal experience recently. It was only in July that I went to the ER, waited almost nine hours to see a doctor, and still haven’t received any treatment.

“They asked me to come back the next day so I went to a different hospital just three miles away and was seen and treated properly.

“That’s the kind of variation we’re seeing in the NHS.”

However, social media users questioned whether he really needed A&E, given that he “was able to wait and go home.”

It comes after damning figures last week revealed that more than a million patients faced 12-hour waits in busy A&E units between April 2021 and March 2022.

NHS statistics showed that the number of victims was three times higher than during the same period the previous year.

It made last year the busiest at A&E as ER units battled Covid, as well as the fallout from the pandemic and day-to-day pressures.

The NHS says the current crisis is being driven by so-called “bed blockers”, which Dr Coffey has also promised to clamp down on.

Another of their immediate priorities is access problems with GPs, which leading experts have suggested adds to the pressures on A&E, as patients turn to emergency units because they can’t get a doctor check your ailments.

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