|Closure of 4 London A&Es Will Have Devastating Impact|
Assembly member says those left wll have to cover additional 120,000 patients each
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will face questions this week on the future of London’s threatened Accident and Emergency departments.
In North West London there are currently 9 A&Es but four have agreed to axe their casualty units under plans to create five “super hospitals” in west London.
Despite fierce opposition Ealing, Hammersmith, Charing Cross and Central Middlesex are set to lose their accident and emergency departments over the next three years.
New analysis shows that closure of some of the capital’s A&Es will mean the rest will have to cater for an extra 120,000 residents each.
London Assembly member Murad Qureshi says there is already growing pressure on care with many more patients waiting longer then four hours in A&E - at its highest point since 2004/5.
He has pointed to increased trolley waits in A&E, longer 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, he continues, also face increased demand on other emergency services:
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.