East Ham MP Stephen Timms speaks out about Plaistow hospital closure
PUBLISHED: 18:10 01 March 2017
East Ham MP Stephen Timms has spoken out against closure of the Acute Day Hospital in Plaistow.
Stephen is lending his support to campaigners, who are fighting against the proposed closure, which is due to take place at the end of the month.
The service, which provides an alternative to hospital admission, could be axed under current plans by health provider East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) and the MP is concerned that there has not been a long enough consultation.
“Over the last week, a number of my constituents have raised with me their concerns about the effects any closure will have on patients,” Stephen explained.
“I am keen that the Trust look again at the proposed closure.”
The MP wrote a letter to the chief executive of the East London NHS Foundation Trust saying: “It seems that the aim of the closure is to cut costs, however severe the impact.
“I’ve heard that one of the arguments for closure is that the hospital is not fully utilised – yet considering that the utilisation is at a similar level to the in-patient wards at Newham, it should be possible to increase utilisation by making places available to residents of boroughs other than Newham.”
ELFT believes that sufficient care could be provided by the home treatment team in Newham.
“The closure will mean that fewer resources will have to stretched even further than they currently are – patients could be serious trouble if they are not attended to enough,” he added.
An East London NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said: “We have a duty to provide the best possible care for as many patients as possible.
“The number of patients we can treat through in-patient services at Newham Day Hospital is limited. By caring through our home treatment teams we will be able to look after more patients in a way most prefer.
“We are planning to offer some provision at our home treatment team base for people to come and see staff and have a hot meal.
“Any problems with transport will be dealt with on an individual basis.
“If any patients or carers are still concerned we are more than happy to discuss their specific needs with them.
“We have already received really useful feedback from service users and carers during the consultation discussions which we will take into consideration.”
A petition against the closure currently has 1,041 signatures.
Visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/183463 to sign a petition.