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Bexley Council refute Queen Elizabeth 'bed blockers' claim

PUBLISHED: 13:45 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 09 August 2013

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Bexley Council has refuted suggestions overcrowding at Queen Elizabeth Hospital is down to Bexley 'bed blockers'.

Greenwich Council leader Cllr Chris Roberts made the claim at a council meeting earlier this week, criticising the quality of community facilities in its neighbouring borough, which are commissioned by Bexley Clinical Commissioing Group.

He said: “A huge amount of bed blocking comes from that area because the community facilities don’t exist in Bexley.”

Bexley borough has not had an A&E since Queen Mary’s closed down in 2010 and a lot of people who need to go to an emergency department will go to the Woolwich hospital, which is often crowded with lengthy queues for beds.

A spokesperson for Bexley Council said: “Chris Roberts is wrong to say that capacity issues in Queen Elizabeth Hospital reflect our failure to develop community health facilities.

“Our social care staff have been working very closely with Bexley CCG to invest in and develop ways of preventing hospital admissions and promoting discharge when people are ready to go home.”

A spokesperson for Bexley CCG added: “We are committed to ensuring that Bexley residents receive high quality and safe healthcare.

“We look forward to further developing our integrated health and care services with patients, NHS partners and other organisations.”

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