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Ambulance Diversions In London

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lack Of A&E Capacity At London Hospitals Diverts Ambulances Putting Lives At Risk Says GMB

GMB has identified a large number of occasions where ambulance drivers have been diverted away from Accident and Emergency departments because they simply can't cope with the demand says GMB

GMB, the union for ambulance staff, today revealed that London’s hospitals Accident & Emergency departments are diverting ambulances away to other locations on a regular basis.

These hospitals include Queens Hospital (Romford), Whipps Cross (Waltham Forest), Princess Royal (Bromley), Lewisham Hospital, Northwick Park, Newham, and King Georges (Ilford).

These diversions have occurred either when the ambulance during the journey to hospital or in some cases after they have arrived. This wastes time for patients with emergency conditions before they can receive hospital care.

Andy Prendergast, GMB Regional Officer, said "An overburdened Accident and Emergency services across London is putting lives at risks.

Either the government has to sort out the lack of ‘out of hours’ GP coverage or put more capacity into A&E in London. It has to deal with things as they now stand. There is simply not enough A&E capacity to meet the current demand.

GMB has identified a large number of occasions where ambulance drivers have been diverted away from Accident and Emergency departments because they simply can't cope with the demand.

This can means longer journey times. Much longer than they need to be and which can make the difference between life and death for Londoners.

The current situation is being stretched to breaking point.  GMB members are doing all they can to save lives but they are being let down by a system that is creaking under the strain.

GMB fears that with Accident and Emergency departments under threat of closure lives will be lost.

Londoners deserve better. GMB calls on politicians across the capital to put pressure on the government to strengthen our health service and to ensure that it can meet the needs of the population now and in the future. Unless action is taken immediately this could easily become a crisis."

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Contact: Andy Prendergast, GMB Senior Organiser on 07984 492726 or Brendan Kemp, GMB Organiser on 07894 096587 or Tony Hughes, GMB Organiser on 07738 958142 or Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 618908 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

 

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