With weather forecasters predicting plunging temperatures, Watford MEP Alex Mayer has warned local hospitals could be facing the start of a winter nightmare.
New figures published by the NHS show that over 15% of patients arriving by ambulance in the East of England region faced a delay of over 30 minutes over the Christmas period despite the relatively mild weather.
Ms Mayer said “There’s a cold snap on the way and we can see our NHS is already under pressure. The bitter temperatures will undoubtedly lead to more pressure on hardworking doctors and nurses. The Government need to step up and say what they plan to do before we get to a cold weather crisis situation.”