Coventry MP asks Boris Johnson to help reduce hospital waiting times

Colleen Fletcher MP suggested the opening of a second Walk-In Centre in Coventry would alleviate strains on the city’s A&E department.

Colleen Fletcher, MP for Coventry North East, raised concerns over A&E hospital waiting times in the city during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday in the House of Commons.

The MP highlighted that a quarter of A&E attendances to Univerity Hospital Coventry are waiting four hours or more to be seen by a doctor.

As a solution, she suggested the opening of a second Walk-In Centre that would alleviate strains on the city’s A&E department.

Mrs Fletcher asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson if he would agree to “meet a delegation from Coventry to discuss the prospect of opening a second Walk-In Centre in the city to alleviate some of the pressure on our overstretched A&E department.”

Video: Colleen Fletcher MP asks Boris Johnson to reduce hospital waiting times.

Mrs Fletcher also noted that the problem of hospital waiting times is not isolated to Coventry and that many other parts of the country also suffer from similar pressure.

In response, the Prime Minister said that he or the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock would be willing to meet.

The opening of a new Walk-In Centre in the city, in addition to the already existing one at the City of Coventry Health Centre on Stoney Stanton Road, it is thought would help reduce waiting times at A&E by redirecting minor injuries and illnesses to them, thus freeing up spaces at city’s A&E.

Aside from reduced waiting times, patients could benefit from shorter travel time and less traffic at the hospital.