|Thousands Wait Longer In Local A & E|
West Mid missed government target says Murad Qureshi
Pressure on Accident & Emergency Units has led to local people waiting longer in hospitals according to London Assembly member Murad Qureshi. The A&E unit at West Middlesex hospital has seen 3,455 people wait more than four hours over the past year, according to new figures, he says.
In the past year all but one of London’s Hospital Trusts with A&Es failed to meet the key waiting time target of 95% of patients seen within four hours.
So far in London two A&E units have been closed, two are to be “downgraded”, three are set to be closed and a further three are under threat of closure.
In the past year all but one of London’s Hospital Trusts with A&Es failed to meet the key waiting time target of 95% of patients seen with 4 hours. In 15 out of 22 trusts this target was missed for over half of the last year. Murad Qureshi, Labour London wide Assembly Member, is calling on the Health Secretary to urgently review the situation, and for the Mayor to lobby government for the resources that London’s NHS needs.
Murad said: “We were told that closing A&Es wouldn’t lead to longer waiting times, but the evidence shows that Londoners are waiting longer to be seen. In the past 12 months nearly 200,000 people across London and 3,455 people in Hounslow have been forced to wait for more than four hours at A&E. These figures are a damning indictment of the failure to properly plan our NHS services. 15 out of 22 Hospital Trusts have failed to meet this key target.
“Last year we all celebrated the NHS’ 65th Birthday, one year on the government’s botched top down reorganisation is putting severe pressure on our local services. Continuing to either close or downgrade London’s A&Es will make the situation even worse. NHS staff work hard to look after us all when we are at our most vulnerable, but they need the resources to be able to deliver the service we all expect.
"I am deeply worried that following these A&E closures, waiting times will continue to be high and Londoners will continue to suffer as a result.”
April 8, 2014