Rt. Hon Joan Ryan MP has called for an “early debate on the Government’s mismanagement of the NHS”, given thousands of patients attending Accident and Emergency departments serving Enfield have to wait four or more hours to be seen.
Speaking during Business of the House Questions, in Parliament on Thursday 4th February, Ms Ryan said that the closure of A&E at Chase Farm Hospital in 2013 and the resulting pressures placed upon local hospitals with casualty departments – Barnet Hospital and North Middlesex University Hospital – meant people in Enfield were “being badly let down when they arrive at A&E in need of treatment.”
In the three months to November 2015 – the last date from which A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions figures are available – both the Royal Free London Trust (which includes Barnet Hospital) and North Middlesex University Hospital Trust missed the 95% NHS target for patients being treated or admitted within four hours of arriving at A&E. In November, the Royal Free London Trust hospitals had seen 91.4% of patients within this timeframe, meaning 1,592 had to wait four hours or longer. At North Middlesex University Hospital only 77.3% of patients had been seen before four hours had elapsed, leaving 3,306 patients waiting more than four hours to be seen.
Ms Ryan’s concerns come in the wake of a recent, leaked report from the Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group which found that a death in North Middlesex University Hospital’s A&E, in December 2015, was due to ‘serious failings of management and care’.
Joan Ryan MP, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Enfield North, said:
“I am very concerned that local Accident and Emergency departments are under such pressure. Given the figures currently available do not even account for the winter months – when admittances to A&E’s are often at their highest – we are likely to see the situation get even worse.
This is unacceptable as Enfield residents were already badly let down by the closure of Chase Farm’s A&E in 2013.
I will be writing to the Royal Free London Trust for a breakdown of their A&E Attendances and Emergency figures so that we can learn how many patients at Barnet Hospital are having to wait more than four hours for treatment.”
- The full breakdown of NHS England’s A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions figures for 2015-2016 can be found here.
- A&E Attendances and Emergency Admissions figures for December 2015 will be published on 11th February 2016.