Have A&E closures caused longer waiting times?

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Have A&E closures caused longer waiting times?
1st December 2014

Michael Mansfield has been called in by four London councils to investigate whether A&E closures have led to longer waiting times for patients. 

The renowned barrister, who played a key role in Lewisham Hospital overcoming Jeremy Hunt's plans to close its A&E department last year, will provide a neutral opinion on the debate. 

Patients are arguing that they have experienced longer waiting times since departments were closed at a number of West London hospitals earlier this year. 

The Department of Health have defended their changes as being made for "clinical reasons" and welcome Mansfield's involvement in the process. 

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