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King George A&E to remain open say senior NHS figures

King George Hospital’s A&E unit will continue operating according to an open letter by senior NHS figures and local council leaders.

The statement confirms that the “threat of closure of the Accident and Emergency unit arising from decisions in 2011 has been removed.”

It’s after a bid for £70 million for the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust (BHRUT) was rejected. 

Leaders of Barking, Havering and Redbridge councils have all signed the letter alongside the Interim Chief Executive of BHRUT and the Managing Director of BHR CCGs. 

In it, they acknowledge a need for more investment and said it was “concerning capital funding allocation for the local area was so low.

“The local population has changed significantly since 2011 and is forecast to change further, there is a clear need for Accident and Emergency provision at King George Hospital both now and in the future.” 

Now a review into the clinical strategy of BHRUT will take place which has been described as “an important development.”

It will reportedly “provide an opportunity for all of us to contribute to shaping a long term vision and plan for the services at King George Hospital.”

Local councils say they will be actively engaging in this process and will encourage residents to do so as well.

People who have campaigned for years to protect the emergency unit will take it as welcome news. 

Ilford North MP, Wes Streeting, presented a 10,000 strong petition to the government and led a cross-party working group to collect evidence to keep the service. 

“We fought hard together to save our A&E,” he said. 

“We won a review into the original Tory closure plan and we won the argument.

“I remain vigilant and – should the need arise again – I will always fight for our A&E.”

Ilford South MP, Mike Gapes, wants to see: “positive proposals about how the local NHS organisations will be working together to improve social care and services for the community.”

He added: “It is unfortunate that some people have not recognised this important change and are continuing a diversionary campaign rather than putting their energies into the real problems faced by our local NHS, such as inadequate primary care and difficulties in getting GP appointments.”

You can read the entire letter here

 

 

 

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