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A&E concerns drive CCGs to call for review

A&E concerns drive CCGs to call for review

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A group of CCGs has announced an external safety review of their local A&E department.  

Permanent medical staffing issues as well as long-standing concerns around the A&E performance led Barking and Dagenham CCG and Havering and Redbridge CCG to call the review. 

The CCGs have been working with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUHT) trust to monitor the situation, while making improvements. 

Dr Jitendra Kakad, clinical director of Havering CCG said: “As GPs and commissioners of local health services, patient safety is our number one priority. That’s why we have asked the review team to report their findings as quickly as possible.

“Together with our key partners – BHRUHT, local councils, London Ambulance Service and Healthwatch – we will carefully consider the review findings later this month. We will then identify any actions required to improve the quality and safety of A&E services for local people. We are committed to keeping stakeholders and the public informed throughout this process.”

Averil Dongworth, chief executive of the hospital trust has welcomed the external review. “It is really important that both staff and management at the Trust and CCGs respond quickly and in partnership to the pressure on our local A&Es. This process will help ensure services remain safe for local people in the future.”

NHS England and the Trust Standards Authority will also be involved in the review, which will start this week with visits to King George and Queen's Hopsital A&E departments. 

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