West London A&E closures result in worst waiting times in England
- London North West NHS Trust has country’s worst waiting times for two weeks running in October
- Over 3,500 patients left waiting for more than four hours since recent A&E closures
- System “breaking under the strain” since closure of nearby Hammersmith and Central Middlesex A&Es two months ago
Analysis of NHS data by Dr Onkar Sahota AM has found the North West London NHS Trust had the worst A&E waiting times in the country at the end of October. Dr Sahota has warned that the closure of the nearby Central Middlesex and Hammersmith A&E departments exactly two months ago had put other West London hospitals under “unbearable pressure” and that patient care was suffering as a result.
NHS England figures show that during the week ending 19th October the Trust only managed to see 68% of its 2,570 most serious patients within four hours, increasing marginally a week later to 73% but remaining the worst performer in England.
Overall, the London North West Hospital Trust, which includes Ealing and Northwick Park A&E departments, had the worst A&E waiting times of any Trust in England for two out of five weeks last month. Prior to the closure of Central Middlesex and Hammersmith A&Es the Trust was performing better. Dr Sahota’s warning comes as the annual winter squeeze on services begins.
London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, said:
“The closure of Central Middlesex and Hammersmith A&E units have left the remaining hospitals in West London breaking under the strain. It is now crystal clear that those closures have resulted in North West London having one with the worst A&E waiting time records in the country.
“Since early September over 3,500 patients have been left suffering for more than four hours in North West London A&Es, this not only affects patient care but reflects the unbearable pressure being placed on already overworked NHS staff.
“Despite consistent warnings, the Mayor and Government have refused to recognise the dangerous impact these closures have had. We can only hope that with the message now devastatingly clear, they will take urgent action to help get A&E services in North West London back on track.”