MP calls for chief inspector to visit Queen Alexandra Hospital

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has written to the Department of Health to ask for an inspector to visit the city’s hospital.

Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, said he was ‘horrified’ at the handover delays at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

As reported, NHS guidelines say a patient coming into A&E in an ambulance should be transferred into the hospital’s care within 15 minutes.

But last month, 2,308 patients waited up to half-an-hour, 153 were left waiting more than half-an-hour, 73 waited one to two hours, 25 people waited two to four hours, and one person was left for more than four hours.

These figures show a massive increase compared to the past two years.

Between April to June this year, there has been a 7,650 per cent increase in patients waiting between two to four hours.

In 2011, the figure stood at two, but this year it rocketed to 155.

And as a result, commissioners can impose a fine for failure of delivering services.

In a letter, Mr Hancock wrote: ‘I have written to Earl Howe at the Department of Health to suggest that Sir Mike Richards, the new chief inspector of hospitals, comes to inspect Queen Alexandra as vast improvements are clearly needed.’

Speaking to The News, he said: ‘I’m horrified by the figures. But fines aren’t the solution. There needs to be a plan that is checked.’