Kate Osamor MP took the opportunity to ask the Minister about the safety of care in North Middlesex A&E in health questions this week, on Tuesday 9 February.
Kate asked the following question:
Can the Minister tell me how the Government are urgently going to tackle safety of care at the North Middlesex hospital A&E department, following revelations last week that a patient died at the hospital in December 2015 after being forced to wait an unacceptable amount of time in A&E? The department has also received a notification of risk.
The Minister, in his response, acknowledged that work had to be done to improve the quality of care in A&E, the importance of transparency on this issue, and the need for thorough examination of what has gone wrong. He stated that the government have introduced a new inspection regime and that 1,250 new doctors have been introduced in A&E departments over the past five years.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“I was determined to ask a question on North Middlesex Hospital following revelations in a report produced by Haringey CCG, which was leaked to the Enfield Independent, that a patient had died at the hospital as a result of waiting too long in A&E.
The situation at North Middlesex A&E is an urgent one which must drastically improve; the department is of central importance to the area, particularly following the closure of Chase Farm A&E, and the comparatively low level of access to GP primary care services in comparison to other areas nationally.
I will continue to press the government on this matter.”