A deterioration in the standards, safety, waiting times and financial health at St George’s hospital were last week highlighted by the Wandsworth Labour Group in a debate at the Town Hall.
Speaking in the debate, Labour councillor Mark Thomas said the findings of a recent inspection of St George’s by the Care Quality Commission, were “frankly very concerning”.
Specifically, Cllr Thomas said he was concerned about overcrowding, electrical safety issues, a failure to meet the 4 hour A&E waiting time target, a year end forecast deficit of £55.5 million, a staff survey which reported unacceptable levels of bullying and harassment and the Trust’s “extreme” overall level of exposure to core operational risk.
He also noted that “the challenges faced by the Trust have been compounded by the industrial action caused by the Government’s mishandling of the junior doctor’s dispute”.
Speaking in the debate, Tooting MP, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a former A and E doctor at St George’s hospital, made a passionate speech in defence of junior doctors, their commitment and hard work.