Commenting on the announcement that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out plans to improve bus services to North Middlesex University Hospital, Joanne McCartney AM said:
“I am delighted that Mayor Khan is committing to take action on this vital local issue, especially after the previous Mayor offered no solution when I raised this issue in the past.
“I have long been campaigning with local residents for improved bus services to our local hospitals to ensure people across Enfield, particularly in Winchmore Hill and Chase, can get to North Middlesex University Hospital, after the government took the decision to downgrade Chase Farm Hospital.
“There will now be direct new bus links, meaning constituents will no longer have to embark on a long and difficult journey on public transport in order to access services, visit relatives, or work their shifts.”
Labour London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney, visited Highgate Group Practice on World Health Day to see first-hand the services they provide to local residents.
The visit was organised by the Londonwide Local Medical Committees who represent NHS GPs. Ms McCartney met with their CEO, Michelle Drage and local practitioners to discuss discussed the challenges facing primary care today.
They discussed the need to improve co-ordination between different NHS trusts and to provide better transport links to mental health services. Health staff also raised concerns around recruitment and retention.
The challenges form part of a wider strain on local health services in recent years, with general practice threatened by a shortage of GPs. In 2015, GPonline calculated that by 2020, Haringey will need an extra 35 GPs and Enfield will need at least 84 more in order to keep up with demand.
Ms McCartney praised health staff for their hard work and said “their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”
Labour London Assembly Member for Enfield & Haringey, Joanne McCartney AM, said:
“It was wonderful to mark World Health Day by seeing the hard work that our GPs do for our local community I want to thank Highgate Group Practice for welcoming me.”
“Practitioners form the frontline of our NHS and with the closure of several large A&E departments their importance in keeping us healthy cannot be understated.”
“With the NHS being such a key part of our society, it was good to get a better understanding of the challenges that our GPs face. With a growing population, we must ensure that our health service is able to cope in the years ahead so that London’s GPs are able to continue to provide a good service.”
Further to my letter to the Mayor of London following the Care Quality Commission’s report rating the North Middlesex University Hospital’s Accident & Emergency Department, I have received a response which can be read here.
Responding to the CQC’s “Inadequate” rating for North Middlesex University Hospital, Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:
“Nobody can say they didn’t see this coming. This is the culmination of years of government underfunding, unnecessary restructuring and the resounding impact of the closure at Chase Farm.
“We’ve got a staffing crisis across London’s NHS of which this is by far the worst example. The reports we’ve had from North Middlesex about patients being left on trolleys for hours and plunging waiting times are startling. Unless the government reduces pressure on local health budgets and unless we see better primary care services locally to address pressure on A&E services, this crisis is only going to escalate.
“I’ve raised this with the Mayor and he has agreed to address the issue with the Regional Director for NHS London. I’ll also be sending a copy of this report to the Mayor. It’s shameful the Health Secretary hasn’t stepped up to address this problem.”