Over 350 people were reported to have to wait over four hours at Charing Cross Hospital’s A&E last 24 of January. Patient numbers have increased by almost a third over two years.
Management is planning a downgrade of the department on Fulham Palace road centre to ‘urgent care centre’.
Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council said:“With A&E under greater demand and hard-pressed staff struggling to keep waiting times down, the plan to effectively close A&E at Charing Cross Hospital is both cavalier and dangerous…”
“These pressures have been greatly increased by the great mistake of shutting A&E at Hammersmith Hospital…”
“Local people are suffering, and being forced to wait unacceptable amounts to time, as dedicated hospital staff do their best in the face of these cuts.”
BBC documentary series Hospital has shown how hospitals in the area face logistics problems.
Commenting on waiting times, an Imperial College Healthcare NHS spokesman said “Despite our efforts, this is having an impact on how quickly we can see and treat patients and on our capacity for planned care.”