NHS: Accident and Emergency Departments

House of Lords written question – answered at on 26 November 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Manzoor Baroness Manzoor Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure there is sufficient capacity in accident and emergency units in London hospitals over the Christmas period.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England (London) has advised that all local health economies across London are developing recovery and improvement plans showing how general practitioners, social care providers and community services can provide better out-of-hospital care for people with long-term conditions or non-life threatening but urgent care needs.

The plans also contain details about how hospitals will ensure their accident and emergency departments provide fast and safe care and prepare them for winter.

The plans will strengthen emergency departments' performance, improve the quality of care and improve clinical outcomes for patients.

A number of London's trusts have benefited from additional funding for the winter period as announced by the Secretary of State in September.

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