Update on North Middlesex A&E – Response from Mayor

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.

Response from Joanne McCartney AM to the CQC’s “Inadequate” rating for NMUH

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.”

Joanne McCartney AM assists local police with tackling abuses of disabled blue badges in Operation Bodmin

London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM recently observed a local police operation in Haringey, tackling disability parking permit fraud for the rights of disabled drivers. So far a success, Operation Bodmin has seen blue badge abusers held accountable and badges confiscated. An important issue for local residents, Ms McCartney was “glad to see action taken to help make a difference.” Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM assists local police with tackling abuses of disabled blue badges in Operation Bodmin”

Bobbies pulled off the beat in Enfield and Haringey every month to plug gaps elsewhere

Enfield and Haringey’s police officers are being routinely ‘abstracted’ from their local beats to plug gaps in London-wide public order operations new figures have revealed. The new data found that 297 officer shifts on average are being lost from Enfield police force every month and 266 from Haringey according to Metropolitan Police statistics provided to Labour’s London Assembly policing spokesperson Joanne McCartney.                                           Continue reading “Bobbies pulled off the beat in Enfield and Haringey every month to plug gaps elsewhere”

Over 2,000 cancellations on the West Anglia Main Line since TfL’s takeover

Over 2,000 trains have been cancelled on the West Anglia Main Line since Transport for London (TfL) took control of the service last May, new data has shown. Local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM received data from the Mayor of London showing that services running between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town had been subject to 2,068 cancellations since 31 May 2015. Meanwhile 1,007 services during that period were run with just four carriages instead of the eight car trains promised as part of TfL’s takeover. Joanne McCartney said the poor service was “hugely disappointing” for commuters.  Continue reading “Over 2,000 cancellations on the West Anglia Main Line since TfL’s takeover”