New NHS A&E waiting time figures have revealed that 837 A&E patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours in North Middlesex University Hospital Trust A&Es this Christmas. In the week before and week of Christmas 837 patients missed the 4 hour target. That meant that across the two weeks 11% of patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours.
Across London, 17,000 A&E patients waited more than 4 hours with 15 of 19 Trusts missing the target to see 95% of patients within 4 hours.
A&Es services across London have seen a “Christmas of crisis” and I have called on the Government to take urgent action to improve the situation. Across the capital only 4 of the 19 NHS Trusts with A&E departments managed to meet the Government target to see 95% of patients within 4 hours, with 17,000 patients waiting longer than the 4 hour target.
With 837 patients waiting longer than 4 hours its clear North Middlesex University Hospital A&E services have faced a Christmas of crisis as a result of the strain they are operating under. Whilst Boris and colleagues in Parliament are sitting idly by demand for A&E services is rocketing. 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 A&E departments like North Middlesex University Hospital rapidly approaching breaking point, it is lunacy that the Government is set to close more A&Es this year. Last year’s closures have resulted in 17,000 patients in London waiting longer than 4 hours over Christmas.
Patients in Enfield and Haringey are paying for years of costly reorganisation and health service closures. The Government must change course before the NHS crisis we are experiencing in North Middlesex University Hospital becomes permanent fixture.