North West London Hospitals Trust’s board has approved the closure of Central Middlesex Hospital’s A&E closure for another year.
The trust closed the unit in November last year becasue of its “high volumes” of locum medical cover.
This week the trust said that, while attempts to recruit more nurses had been successful, it still remained short of enough doctors to guarantee patient safety.
“Unfortunately recruitment to the substantive consultant and middle grade roles has been largely unsuccessful,” trust board papers stated. “This means that whereas the numbers of substantive nurses have increased, medical staffing levels have not.”
They added: “The safety risks in relation to medical staffing which existed in November 2011 remain unchanged and therefore it is recommended that the interim overnight closure remains in place for a further year with an interim review in six months’ time.”