North Middlesex university hospital’s A&E department may become the first in NHS history to close because it is a danger to patients [Image: Dinendra Haria/Rex Shutterstock].

North Middlesex university hospital’s A&E department may become the first in NHS history to close because it is a danger to patients [Image: Dinendra Haria/Rex Shutterstock].


Correct me if I’m wrong, but This Writer’s understanding is that Conservative policy is to close all but around 50-60 Accident and Emergency departments across England.

This seems to be consistent with the strategy of privatisation identified by the US commentator Noam Chomsky: “Defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”

Clearly, a medical department that has become a danger to patients doesn’t work.

What we must remember is that it worked just fine before Jeremy Hunt got his filthy little fingers on it.

So the fault lies very clearly with him, and we must demand that he put his mistakes right – without cutting down the National Health Service any further.

Right?

MPs whose constituents use North Middlesex hospital are accusing Jeremy Hunt of letting it descend into “complete meltdown” by allowing a nearby A&E unit to shut.

Joan Ryan, the Labour MP for Enfield North, says that the controversial closure of the emergency department at Chase Farm hospital in 2013 has led to such high extra demand for A&E care at North Middlesex that it cannot cope and has left it “in a crisis”.

The emergency department at the North Middlesex may become the first in the NHS’s 68-year history to be shut because it is a danger to patients. The General Medical Council and Health Education England have warned the trust that they may remove the 26 junior doctors from its under-fire A&E because of fears for patient safety.

Source: MPs round on Jeremy Hunt over ‘meltdown’ at North Middlesex hospital | Society | The Guardian

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