• Home /
  • News / London A&Es in ‘Christmas of crisis’ as almost 17,000 A&E patients wait longer than 4 hours

London A&Es in ‘Christmas of crisis’ as almost 17,000 A&E patients wait longer than 4 hours

  • 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."

Do you like this post?

Reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.