Over the span of days, Barts and The London NHS Trust has declared a deficit of £93,000,000, and both of the Chief Executive and Chief Nurse have resigned. Labour Parliamentary Candidate Bilal Mahmood has sent an open letter to local MP Iain Duncan Smith asking him what he plans to do to protect Whipps Cross Hospital (a part of the Trust) from losing critical services.
Bilal said “My concerns for Whipps Cross have deepened with recent events and news of a Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) report due out later this year. I understand that the CQC report will criticise Whipps Cross over equipment failures. Trust chief executive Peter Morris described the inspectors’ finding that some staff said they were too scared of “repercussions” to report problems relating to patient care as “a tragedy””.
“We can’t go on like this. This is yet another sign of the strain frontline services have faced over the past few years, with reports of A&E waiting times regularly over 12 hours and ambulances having to wait for over 30 minutes outside A&E departments. That’s why I have sent an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith to ask what he plans to do to ensure local residents of Chingford and Woodford Green don’t lose a critical service, and whether he believes (as I do) that this crisis is a result of years of Coalition neglect in NHS funding.”
In his 2010 Election Address Mr. Smith committed to protecting A&E and front line services, and has spoken in Parliamentary Debates on the necessity of emergency services at Whipps Cross Hospital. Bilal and the Labour Party are committed to providing 36,000 more front line staff in the NHS to ensure the continual crisis in the NHS comes to an end.