Paul McGeary, Gwen Nneji and I had a meeting with Steve Russell BHRUT Deputy Chief Exective and Rachel Royal Communications Director. The issue of bed closures was discussed. BHRUT disputed the figure of 228. BHRUT have promised to supply their figures by Thursday.
On another issue Ross Lydall of the Evening Standard claims in his blog that BHRUT is among the 10 worst trusts in the country. An extract from his blog http://rosslydall.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/ae-crisis-three-london-trusts-named-among-10-worst-in-country-for-delays/ follows
"Three London hospital trusts were named today as among the worst 10
in the country for A&E delays as figures showed the NHS was under
the heaviest winter pressure for a decade.
A total of 436,229 people sought emergency help across the country in
the week ending on Sunday [December 7] – almost 30,000 more than the
average for the same period last year.
In London, the trusts that run Northwick Park, Ealing and Charing Cross
hospitals again fell far short of Government targets to see patients
within four hours – adding further controversy to the decision to close
two neighbouring casualty units in September.
Severe delays were also reported at the east London trust that runs Queen’s hospital in Romford and King George in Ilford, where only 76 per cent of patients attending the main A&E units were seen in time."