Appeal to PM for more critical care beds at Queen’s and King George hospitals

PUBLISHED: 14:21 13 July 2018

Cllr Nic Dodin, GLA Member Keith Prince, Bob Archer and Cllr Michael Deon-Burton hand their letter into 10 Downing Street. Photo: Andy Walker

Cllr Nic Dodin, GLA Member Keith Prince, Bob Archer and Cllr Michael Deon-Burton hand their letter into 10 Downing Street. Photo: Andy Walker


Health campaigners and politicians have visited 10 Downing Street to call on the prime minister to increase the supply of critical care beds at two east London hospitals.

The group submitted a letter on July 12 asking the government to increase the funding of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust (BHRUT) who manage Queen’s Hospital and the King George Hospital.

The letter reads: “We note with concern that both [critical care] units were frequently full last winter.

“King George was full 12 times this February and Queens was full five times in February.”

The letter is signed by Rebridge health campaigner Andy Walker; Havering cllr Michael Deon Burton and Nic Dodin; Barking and Dagenham cllr Emily Rodwell; Bob Archer of Redbridge Trades Council; and Keith Prince, GLA member for Havering and Redbridge.

Shelagh Smith, chief Operating Officer at BHRUT, said: “The occupancy of all our beds was high during the winter months, due to the very high demand.

“However, at all other times it’s very rare that our critical care unit is near full capacity.”

She added: “High levels of occupancy on our critical care unit has not had an impact on the quality of our care – this remains our top priority.”

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