More than 23,000 patients died in A&E last year, Labour claims

There were 4,000 more deaths in A&E last year than the year before and 5,500 more than in 2019, Labour said.

Nina Lloyd
Saturday 20 May 2023 13:28 BST
Sir Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting as Labour reveal A& death figures)
Sir Keir Starmer and Wes Streeting as Labour reveal A& death figures)

More than 23,000 people died in A&E in England in 2022 amid record waiting times, Labour has claimed.

Figures obtained by the party through freedom of information requests showed there were 4,000 more deaths in emergency departments last year than in 2021 and 5,500 more than in 2019.

Some 113,000 patients waited longer than the four-hour target in April this year while 27,000 patients were kept longer than 12 hours – with the Opposition blaming “Tory failure” to tackle increasing pressures faced by the health service.

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