RCN London has called for the suspension of further hospital closures in the area, as the promised investment in out of hospital care has yet to be delivered on the scale needed to keep patients safe. This winter the remaining A&E units in the area have experienced some of the longest waiting times in the country.
RCN London invited members working locally to contribute to our response to the review. Among the problems raised by local nursing staff were increased waits for ambulances, pressure on GP services and ‘unmanageable’ strain on district nursing staff.
Damaged patient careRegional Director of RCN London, Bernell Bussue said: “The RCN will always support service reorganisation which delivers improvements in the quality of patient care. However it is just not clear that patients have seen any benefit from these changes so far.
“Nursing staff working in the area have told us the closures have damaged patient care. The remainder of the Shaping a Healthier Future closures should be suspended until out of hospital capacity is properly expanded.”