HC Deb 31 March 1994 vol 240 c1046W
Ms Primarolo

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what increase in patient activity at Unversity College hospital accident and emergency department she expects after St. Bartholomew's accident and emergency department shuts; and what increase in bed numbers will occur.

Dr. Mawhinney

Based on studies carried out by the London ambulance service, we estimate that the closure of St. Batholomew's accident and emergency department will lead to a 16 per cent. increase in attendances—around 10,000 per year—at University College London Hospital's accident and emergency department. We anticipate that UCLH will be able to absorb this additional work load within the capacity of its existing facilities.