Concerns at the hospitals shake-up of children’s health care
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Children’s illnesses, accidents and mental health challenges are deeply distressing.
So we are concerned that the arrangements to temporarily relocate children’s services – accident and emergency, in-patient and children and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS – from University College Hospital and the Royal Free to the expanded provision at the Whittington Hospital has caused additional anxiety to families and staff of ill children, (Nurses quit as decision to close children’s A&E units sparks huge backlash, October 1).
We understand that these arrangements have been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are clear that since 2010 the Conservative government has cut 10,000 beds, reducing the spare capacity that had been allowed for in case of the type of emergency in which we are currently embroiled. This shortage of capacity has forced hospitals to make alternative arrangements for Covid-19.
We have been told that the Royal Free and UCLH have increased their capacity to treat Covid-19 patients and the relocation to the Whittington is to create a Covid-free safe environment, attempting to address the fears that stopped people from bringing their children for hospitals care