Accident and Emergency Services at Kings

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With A&Es across London struggling to meet targets and, trust bosses at Kings College Hospital admitting its A&E is "enormously challenged" what reassurances have you sought from the Secretary of State for Health on the capacity of the NHS in London to cope this winter?


Answer for Accident and Emergency Services at Kings

Answer for Accident and Emergency Services at Kings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers meet regularly with Dr Anne Rainsberry, Regional Director, NHS England (London) who has given the following assurances concerning NHS winter planning in London:

                    Planning began in May, with NHS England (London), hospitals, GPs, social services and other health professionals coming together to work out the best way of handling increased pressure on urgent and emergency services this winter

                    Local health systems have developed recovery and improvement plans to provide better out-of-hospital care for people with long-term conditions or non-life threatening but urgent care needs. These plans also include details about how hospitals will ensure their A&Es provide fast and safe care.

                    Winter plans have been tested.

                    Currently London health, community and social care providers have been allocated £55 million additional funding, which has been targeted at areas that need it the most to increase capacity during the winter months.

                    NHS 111 services in London have received an additional £1 million in order better to respond to patient demand and relieve pressure on other services.