NHS Winter Crisis

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:03 pm on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith 4:03 pm, 10th January 2018

I do not know whether my hon. Friend has seen that an emergency consultant at Charing Cross Hospital has said that staff were practicing “battlefield medicine” there. By that, he meant that when a blue-light ambulance arrived, staff had to decide whether to take someone out of the resuscitation room to put the arrival in, or to leave the arrival in the corridor until a bed space was free. That same hospital faces losing all its emergency beds and its blue-light A&E. Does he agree that we have to rethink further reductions in beds and A&E capacity, given the crisis that we are in?