News from Len Duvall OBE: A&Es in ‘Christmas of crisis’ as 1,502 patients wait more than 4 hours

15 January 2015

· 17,000 A&E patients across London wait more than 4 hours

· 15 of 19 Trusts miss the target to see 95% of patients within 4 hour target


New NHS A&E waiting time figures have revealed that 1,502 A&E patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours in Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust A&Es this Christmas. In the week before and week of Christmas 1, 502 patients missed the 4 hour target. That meant that across the two weeks 18.8% of patients were left waiting longer than 4 hours.


Local London Assembly Member Len Duvall AM said A&Es services across London had seen a “Christmas of crisis” and 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.


The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust includes A&E units at Lewisham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, serving residents in Greenwich and Lewisham.


Responding to the new Christmas A&E waiting time figures, London Assembly Labour Member Len Duvall AM said:


“With 1,502 patients waiting longer than 4 hours its clear A&E services in South East London 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 rapidly approaching breaking point, I dread to think what the situation would have been had the government succeeded and closed Lewisham’s A&E unit. Last year’s closures have resulted in 17,000 patients in London waiting longer than 4 hours over Christmas. The Mayor, who speaks out on most issues, needs to find a voice to defend the NHS in London and call on the government to take action.


"Patients in Greenwich and Lewisham are paying for years of costly reorganisation and health service closures. The Government must change course before the NHS crisis we are experiencing in South East London becomes permanent fixture."

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