Rising figures on A&E waiting times for NHS trusts serving Enfield residents highlights the effects of the closure of Chase Farm Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department, in December 2013.
NHS England statistics for North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, for the period July to September 2014, reveal that 1,898 people have waited longer than four hours in A&E to be seen - 521 more patients than the same time last year. Figures also show that 959 patients at North Mid NHS Trust waited longer than four hours on a trolley in A&E before they were admitted into hospital, because there were no available beds - 430 more patients than in July to September 2013.
In addition, figures for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation trust, which now runs the downgraded Chase Farm Hospital as well as Barnet Hospital, show that 2,572 people had to wait longer than four hours in A&E, from July to September 2014 – a rise of 1,858 over last year. In addition, 710 more patients than the same period the previous year – 1,228 in total – waited more than four hours on a trolley before being admitted to A&E.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“David Cameron promised that Chase Farm’s A&E department would be protected and that there would be no top-down reorganisation of the NHS.
These pledges have been broken and, as a result, we are seeing health services for the people of Enfield, and for country as a whole, placed under increasing strain. Patient care is suffering and the Tory-led government is doing great damage to our NHS.
This is why I support Labour's plans to initiate an NHS Time to Care Fund, to bring social care into the NHS, to guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and a maximum one week wait for cancer tests and to place people before profits, by promising to repeal the harmful 2012 Health and Social Care Act.”
- The £2.5billion per year NHS Time to Care Fund will support 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more careworkers and 3,000 more midwives.
- The money for the Time to Care Fund will be raised from a tax on houses worth over £2 million, a co-ordinated crackdown against tax avoidance, and by ensuring tobacco companies contribute towards the costs they impose on the NHS. The Fund will not be paid for through more borrowing or by raising taxes on everyday working people, as the next Labour Government pledges to balance the books by the end of the next parliament.