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Northwick Park Bed Shortage

Over 100 extra beds urgently needed at Northwick Park Hospital

North West London NHS Hospital Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital, has been urgently looking at ways to tackle ‘unacceptable high levels of occupancy’ at the Hospital.

Recently published board minutes by the Trust indicate that 123 beds are urgently required to address ‘the underlying capacity gap’ at the main hospital serving Harrow residents.

The news comes after the Trust was recently rated as one of the five worst Trusts for A&E waiting times in the country after the Trust failed to achieve the Government’s target of seeing 95% of A&E patients within 4 hours.

Gareth Thomas recently spoke in the House of Commons to raise concerns about the amount of NHS funding Harrow receives. The total funding shortfall for Harrow has been estimated at £23.4 million in each of the next two financial years – almost £50 million.

 Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, said:

“These Board minutes reveal that Northwick Park is under intense pressure which will be of considerable concern to Harrow residents and is a further sign that after 4 years of this Tory-led Government Harrow is simply not getting its fair allocation of NHS funding.

"It’s time David Cameron explained why he prioritised a £3bn top-down re-organisation and privatisation of the NHS over improving patient care in areas such as ours”.

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