Future of Redbridge hospital services back in government’s hands

PUBLISHED: 17:10 11 March 2011

MPs Lee Scott and Mike Gapes with deputy council leader Cllr Ian Bond leafleting outside Ilford station this morning

MPs Lee Scott and Mike Gapes with deputy council leader Cllr Ian Bond leafleting outside Ilford station this morning


»The future of major services at King George Hospital landed back in the in tray of the Secretary of State for Health today, as he mulls over a report which assesses the controversial plans.

Andrew Lansley is deciding whether to order a full review into proposals which could see the A&E and labour ward at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, close for good as part of a shake-up in health services across north-east London.

The independent reconfiguration panel, which is made up of 17 members with a range of backgrounds in healthcare, has produced its initial assessment after a one-month probe into the King George plans.

It advises Mr Lansley whether a full review into the plans for King George is necessary.

The document will be kept private until the Health Secretary has made his decision based on the contents and advice of the report.

A spokesman for the panel said it would take about one month for that decision to be made.

If he does give a full review the thumbs up, the panel will reconvene for a probe which could last months.

Meanwhile commuters outside Ilford station, Cranbrook Road, were this morning asked to join the fight to keep the services at King George open.

Politicians including Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Ilford North MP Lee Scott handed out leaflets which gave details of a campaign meeting in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, on April 8.

To view the proposals and to see the results of last year’s consultation into the plans, log on to


Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:13

A gang of five masked men tried to kidnap a woman after they crashed into her car in Chigwell.

Yesterday, 16:07

Christmas officially began in Seven Kings on Friday when the festive lights were switched on amid carol singing and the unveiling of a tree.

Yesterday, 15:31

Police investigating the murder of a man beaten to death with baseball bats in Ilford High Road have made two further arrests.

Yesterday, 15:00

First time buyers will benefit from not having to pay stamp duty on homes costing £300,000 or less, the chancellor has announced.


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now