Sadly my mum passed away in 2008 and I've not had reason to go back. Friends have told me horror stories of long waits. So how has the current Conservative lead government responded to this appalling situation? They have closed Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, putting even more stresson Barnet General. One of the regular contributors to this blog was attending A&E recently with his daughter and nurses told him a tale of woe. I have been researching the problems and collating evidence. It seems I've been scooped by the Hendon Times for once, who have found that the departmentis in meltdown and one evening recently declared a state of emergency. Nineteen ambulances were unable to unload patients for admission of emergencies.
The story contains the most bizarre comment from an NHS spokesperson I've ever heard
A spokesman from Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Barnet and Chase Farm Trust experienced high numbers of attendances and ambulance arrivals to A&E on January 31.
“As a consequence of this, and in line with the NHS England (London) policy, Barnet Hospital declared an internal emergency and received support from local hospitals and non-urgent ambulances were diverted.
“Quality of care and safety of our patients is paramount. Consultants and senior managers were on site throughout to ensure the trust responded to this increase in activity.
“There was a full range of services available for patients with additional staff on duty"
This is clearly down to the closure of the A&E at Chase Farm and the abject failure of our local Tory MP's Matthew Offord, Mike Freer and Theresa Villiers to fight the corner for Barnet residents. If you voted for any of these MP's at the last election, you should hang your head in shame at this news and if you are considering voting for them at the next election, you quite clearly have a screw lose. Whilst there are many cuts to budgets that will not affect the rich Tories whio bankroll the party locally, anyone can get hit by a car, have a heart attack, have a stroke or fall and break their leg. It could happen to your mother or your children. Given the demographics of the Borough, of those nineteen people stranded in Ambulances, nine were statistically likely to be Tory voters. I just hope that they had the wit and intelligence to realise that they are reaping the whirlwind they have sown.