Harlow MP Robert Halfon pleads with government for more help for Princess Alexandra

Politics / Wed 7th Jan 2015 at 05:25pm

MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, today urged the government to look at what more could be done to ease the pressure on the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s A&E department, which has been struggling under pressure due to a surge in extra visits.

Figures show that the PAH is one of the busiest hospitals in the country, with significantly more patients per bed than much bigger hospitals, for example Barts Hospital in the City of London.

Furthermore, the number of ambulances taking patients to PAH A&E has increased hugely. Two years ago, an average of 45 ambulances per day transported patients to Harlow’s A&E, it is now an average of 75. Over Christmas, this peaked at over 90 ambulances every day. The Chief Executive of the PAH has confirmed that 1 in 5 of these ambulances are coming from outside the area.

During the debate, Robert said:

“Will my Hon. Friend first thank the passionate commitment of the staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Whilst the Government have invested £5 million into our A&E services, due to issues elsewhere in other nearby hospitals, the pressure on our A&E has been immense.
Princess Alexandra is one of the busiest by far in terms of attends per bed and one in five ambulances arriving are from other areas.
The PAH is now admitting four more patients per day than they were this time last year. Will my Hon. Friend meet with me, the Chief Executive of PAH and visit the Hospital to see what can be done?”

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, responded by agreeing to visit the PAH:
“Well I’m very happy to do that and I am aware of the very significant pressures at Princess Alexandra. I would like to thank him for the way he is supporting staff at his local hospital, getting behind local plans.”

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