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Labour say London North West Healthcare Trust in £56m deficit

The trust said this winter the whole of the NHS experienced significant pressures, including an increase in those patients requiring one to one care

The London North West Healthcare Trust finished the last financial year with a deficit of £56m, says Labour research.

The Trust which covers Ealing, Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals was found to be £8m in excess of their predicted deficit.

The Trust has attributed the £8m deficit to pressures over the winter, but Labour says as NHS funding has failed to keep up with demand from a growing population, over 2,000 beds have been cut from the NHS across London over the last five years.

Labour's parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central & Acton, Rupa Huq, recently led a survey asking 535 local people about the NHS. Results showed 71% of respondents think the lack of GP access is putting a huge strain on A&Es and 75% of them agree that Labour's 48-hour maximum GP waiting time pledge should be a priority.

Ms Huq said: "I have noticed it takes a lot longer to get a doctor's appointment in recent years and the waiting time crisis at A&Es across the borough, caused by the Tories closing two of our A&E units, is very worrying. Even more so is the proposed closure of our remaining two A&Es and the only maternity unit in the area.

"I hope to be elected and work with a Labour government, so that we can rescue the NHS with 8,000 more GPs, 20,000 more nurses, 3,000 more midwives and a commitment to review our currently doomed A&Es."

Simon Crawford, director of finance at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “There is more work to do, but by joining up care across our hospitals and community services the merger has put the trust in a stronger position to provide specialist, 24/7 patient care across Ealing, Brent and Harrow.

“This winter the whole of the NHS experienced significant pressures, including an increase in those patients requiring one-on-one care. Ensuring that the trust was appropriately staffed and able to care for our patients during this very busy period was a major factor in the £8m overspend.”

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