MPs urge changes to improve A&E waiting times at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth

The accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
The accident and emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
QA Hospital. Picture: Will Caddy

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A GROUP of MPs in the Portsmouth area have got together to hold talks about the no-change position of A&E waiting times.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, and East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds have all met to talk about Queen Alexandra Hospital.

As reported, A&E waiting times at QA have still not improved despite months of work and new initiatives.

The failure to get 90 per cent of patients either treated, admitted or discharged within the national guideline of four hours, has meant the hospital in Cosham has incurred fines.

Between January and March this year, 87.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours – lower than the national average of 92.5 per cent. There was a minor improvement compared to this position last year, where 86 per cent of patients were seen in the time frame.

Mr Hoban said: ‘We got together to talk about what the CCGs had put in their letter a few months ago and see if what they were saying ties up with what we are seeing.

‘And we also spoke about the healthcare in our area.’

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, is yet to become a foundation trust, and so its progress is overseen by the Trust Development Authority (TDA). ‘We also had a meeting with the TDA’s chief executive David Flory about QA,’ added Mr Hoban. ‘He was actually very upbeat, but the area he flagged up was A&E.

‘We want to see changes across the whole system that will tackle the problem we are seeing in A&E.

‘We want to sit down with QA, the CCGs, and the two local authorities to tackle any barriers that is preventing things from working better.’