Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Fourth anniversary of A&E closure plan
Today is the fourth anniversary of the plan to close KGH A&E by the Andrew Lansley, then Secretary of State for Health. The A&E remains open, but acute beds have been closed at King George Hospital in breach of the guarantee given by Andrew Lansley that no changes were to take place until the CQC found our services to be of a high standard.
Since 2011 care has got worse at Queens and King George hospitals with both hospitals in special measures. The October board papers show beds being closed in August at Ash and Clover wards due to staff shortages. It is a concern that the uncertainty about the A&E closure along with 32 acute bed cuts in July of this year have been contributory factors to the decline in care shown in the October BHRUT board papers.
Earlier this year, Matthew Hopkins was reported in the Ilford Recorder saying that KGH A&E closure plans were to be produced within 9 months.
The BHRUT board need to think again and abandon any closure plans. It is clear that with a growing population our hospitals need extra capacity rather than less which the closure of KGH A&E would mean.