- 16 of London’s 19 Trusts miss the target to see 95% of A&E patients in 4 hours
- At Northwick Park and Ealing Hospital A&Es in West London almost half the patients have to wait longer than 4 hours in run up to Christmas
New NHS A&E waiting time figures today have revealed that 16,979 A&E patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours in London A&Es this Christmas. At Northwick Park and Ealing Hospital A&E in the week before Christmas 46.3% of patients missed the 4 hour target making it the worst performing Trust in the country.
In the week ending 21 Dec only 3 of 19 London Trusts with A&E departments met the 95% target. In the following week ending 28 Dec only 4 of the 19 London Trusts with A&E departments met the target.
Responding to the new Christmas A&E waiting time figures, London Assembly Labour Health Spokesperson Dr Onkar Sahota AM said:
"With 17,000 patients waiting longer than 4 hours its clear A&Es have faced a Christmas of crisis as a result of the strain they are operating under. The Government cannot sit idly by whilst demand for A&E services rockets. We must of course urge patients only to resort to A&E in genuine emergencies, but with GP surgeries also being stretched it is clear we need action rather than more empty words from the Government.
"With many London A&E departments rapidly approaching breaking point, it is lunacy that the Government is set to close more London A&Es this year. Last year’s closures in West London have resulted in almost half the patients at Northwick Park waiting longer than 4 hours.
"Years of costly reorganisation and closures have left the NHS in London in a perilous position. The Government must change course before the NHS crisis we have seen this winter becomes permanent fixture."