NHS: Children’s Emergency Beds - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:44 pm on 27th January 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Donaghy Baroness Donaghy Chair, EU Internal Market Sub-Committee, Chair, EU Internal Market Sub-Committee 2:44 pm, 27th January 2020

I thank the Minister for his Answer, but he did not mention the children with mental health issues who have been bussed hundreds of miles or the extremely sick children who have been put on main wards to make way for even sicker children in the paediatric specialist units. I do not think that most professionals even trust the figure the Minister has given; the professional organisations are saying that it was nearer 100% over December. However, I am not going to trade figures backwards and forwards with the Minister. I am just going to ask him: how many more times do the professional organisations of paediatric specialists and A&E doctors have to say that the system is at breaking point before the Government take immediate action?