|Cutting North West London's A&Es 'Will Shift the Pressure'|
Remaining hospitals will have to cover an additional 120,000 patients each
Mayor of London Boris Johnson will face questions this week on the future of London’s Accident and Emergency departments. New analysis shows the capital’s A&Es will be forced to cater for an extra 120,000 residents on average each. In North West London there are 9 A&Es and 4 are at risk of closure. In 2010 there were 32 A&E departments in London, but only 24 would remain under these plans.
A recent review by the King’s Fund pointed to growing concerns about how the £20 billion productivity challenge will affect the NHS, which must be delivered by 2015. There is already growing pressure on patient care with the number of patients waiting longer then four hours in A&E at its highest point since 2004/5, increased trolley waits in A&E, waiting times for operations, and pressure from emergency admissions. Over 4,000 nurses have been lost in the NHS since the coalition government took over.
Londoners are also facing increased demand on other emergency services:
London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM, said: “We face unprecedented cuts to the provision of our health care in North West London. The closure of these A&Es will undoubtedly have a knock-on effect on the A&E departments that will remain open and it will stretch resources and staff especially when the capital’s population is increasing. This will mean that by 2020 the remaining A&Es will have to cover an extra 120,000 residents each. This is yet more evidence of how patients are paying the price for the Government’s mismanagement of our NHS.