Search

Redbridge councillors hold protest over Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS hospital trust’s A&E performance

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 November 2018

A group of Redbridge Labour councillors, including council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, protesting against the poor performance of local A&E services at Redbridge Town Hall. Photo: Redbridge Labour

A group of Redbridge Labour councillors, including council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, protesting against the poor performance of local A&E services at Redbridge Town Hall. Photo: Redbridge Labour

Archant

Redbridge Council’s Labour administration held a formal protest at the borough’s town hall yesterday (Monday, November 26) over concerns about long waits at A&E departments in local hospitals.

A group of councillors, including Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal and the borough’s cabinet member for health, Cllr Mark Santos, gathered on the steps of the building in Ilford High Road to mark the release of an open letter, calling for urgent action to be taken to improve services.

Penned by Cllr Neil Zammett, chairman of the council’s health scrutiny committee, the letter is addressed to Chris Bown, BHRUT’s chief executive, and highlights concerns regarding a downward trend in the hospitals’ A&E performance over the last two years.

Redbridge Labour claims these figures show it is likely that performance at the trust’s emergency departments will dip below 60pc over the coming winter months.

Cllr Zammett said “There is a serious downward trend in local NHS service provisions over the past three years and we had the worst September on record this year, some 10 percentage points lower than the previous two years.

“We have serious concerns that there will be further drops in performance over the winter period, and this would severely affect Redbridge residents.”

Cllr Athwal added: ““It is essential that our local hospital trust prepares adequately for the usual winter pressures hitting our hospitals over Christmas and the new year.”

The Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS University Hospital Trust (BHRUT), which runs Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Goodmayes, insists that treating patients safely, to a high standard and as quickly as possible remains its focus, but pointed out that it was currently dealing with a record number of patients year-on-year.

It further reiterated that patients seen in emergency departments are treated in order of need, and that some patients who are brought in by ambulance may be recorded as waiting longer, as they are being treated while a bed is found for them, but during that time they still receive the same level of healthcare.

Shelagh Smith, chief operating officer, said: “We, along with the rest of the NHS, are under extreme pressure and have seen the number of patients attending our emergency departments rise significantly.

“Not only are we seeing a higher number of patients year on year, the patients coming to us are sicker and require more intensive treatment.

“This is demonstrated by the increased number of people coming to our emergency departments via ambulance.

“We already receive 50 per cent more ambulances than any other trust in London.

“Our priority is to provide our patients with safe, high quality care, as quickly as possible.

“To help us to improve our ambulance handover times, we are expanding our rapid assessment and focused treatment area at Queen’s Hospital, adding two additional cubicles as well as a dedicated seating area for those who are able to sit.

“This will give our patients a much better overall experience.

“We will also continue to work closely with all of our local healthcare partners throughout the winter and beyond to ensure local people are getting the care they need in the right place.

“Everyone in our community has a role to play.

“That’s why we urge people to think very carefully before coming to our emergency departments, and to only do so in a real emergency, such as choking, chest pain, blackouts or severe blood loss.”

Cllr Athwal and Cllr Santos will also be requesting an urgent meeting with Mr Bown to discuss the trust’s performance and plans the trust has in place to ensure the continued health and safety of vulnerable residents.

Latest Ilford Stories

Charlie Lee will hope to make his first O’s appearance since the 3-1 win at AFC Fylde on November 3

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Christmas, the time of year when we are pressured to buy things no one wants for people we don’t want to buy for at prices we’re not happy with.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory – more than 2,100 years ago – of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

Yesterday, 20:58

Armed police chased a group of men in a car after a drive-by shooting in Ilford.

Yesterday, 17:05

A market trader from Newbury Park has been found guilty of torching a £260,000 Ferrari during an arson attack in Emerson Park that was revenge for a business deal gone wrong.

Yesterday, 17:00

Dave Rann was trained by top chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes and is the head chef of the newly opened fine dining restaurant The Gallery in South Woodford

Yesterday, 16:28

Alistair Coleman, author of the hit book Angry People in Local Newspapers, has been speaking with Layth Yousif about the cult publication about to reach the bestsellers lists...

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now