Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham recently circulated a community focus survey centred on the local NHS. The survey called for people to support the campaign against closures at King George's Hospital. The survey also asked if people thought more resources should be invested to sort out the increasing problems at Queen's Hospital.
NHS services are precious to residents and it came as no surprise that so many local people responded to this survey. 94% of the people who responded were against the closure of the maternity unit and A&E department at King George Hospital – but the Government isn't listening. In March this year the labour units were closed. Meanwhile the planned closure of the hospital's A&E has been held off while health chiefs try to allow for the expected increase in demand at neighbouring A&E units such as Queen's.
Queen's Hospital will bear the brunt of the increasing demand. Many who responded to the survey praised Queen's Hospital for the "brilliant staff" and "excellent care"; but this was balanced with concerns about "nurses and doctors under high pressure" and "patients waiting ages". Jon Cruddas is in agreement with the responses, arguing alongside 95% of local residents that more resources are needed to sort out problems at Queen's Hospital, unfortunately at the moment all we are facing is more demand on the already overstretched services.
Queen's was severely criticised in the recent Care Quality Commission report, with many patients having to wait longer than four hours to be seen in A&E. The hospital is already overwhelmed caring for local people. There is no way it will be able to cope with an influx of patients from King George if the A&E is shut down.
Jon Cruddas MP commented: "This is quite simply unacceptable at a time when a section of our local health service is failing to deliver the quality health care we all need and deserve. I will be using resident's responses and concerns to keep up pressure on the government to think again on A&E closures both locally and nationally."