HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 c674W
28. Richard Ottaway

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on improving the efficiency of accident and emergency departments in London. [12134]

Mr. Hutton

The Government recognise the importance of improving A&E departments. The A&E Emergency Modernisation Programme aims to modernise, upgrade and refurbish all accident and emergency departments that need modernising. A total of £150 million has been invested in A&E in three waves and London has received over £22 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund. This is the biggest investment in A&E services since the start of the NHS.

In October this year the Government announced a £100 million strategy for reducing long waits in A&E departments and ending inappropriate waits altogether over the next three years. London trusts received over £9 million of this funding.

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