Wanstead MP John Cryer column: Worrying reports about our NHS

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 March 2017

Whipps Cross University Hospital. Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Whipps Cross University Hospital. Picture: Katie Collins/PA

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Last week alone we have had some very worrying reports about the current state of our local NHS.

An NHS staff survey of Nelft mental health trust (North East London NHS Foundation Trust) is unfortunately quite damning.

I am disappointed, but not surprised, that NHS staff morale is at such a low point. With financial pressures at unmanageable levels, increasing demands and great uncertainty, staff are exposed to difficult working conditions.

The government are creating conditions in which the health, wellbeing and quality of life of those who have committed their working lives to the NHS are being profoundly damaged.

I am very concerned and anxious about the state of our NHS as we are seeing this Tory government trying to break the very fundamentals of what makes our National Health Service great.

In addition I have been very disappointed to learn of the latest figures on A&E waiting times at Whipps Cross Hospital. It is reported that the local hospital have missed their target yet again seeing 77.7 per cent of patients within four hours, despite seeing fewer type 1 (the most serious) patients than in December.

A report by CQC in December 2016 rated the service provided by Whipps Cross as inadequate. (In particular surgery was rated inadequate because of concerns around safety, responsiveness and leadership.)

Quite clearly the trust urgently need to focus on these areas as a priority.

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