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Meeting with Boris Johnson planned in fight to save King George Hospital A&E

PUBLISHED: 11:06 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:01 20 September 2013

Residents from the Save King George Hospital campaign asked the council for support fighting the closure of A&E and service reductions at the hospital.

Residents from the Save King George Hospital campaign asked the council for support fighting the closure of A&E and service reductions at the hospital.

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The leader of Redbridge Council pledged to arrange a meeting with Boris Johnson and MPs to step up the fight to save A&E at King George Hospital.

A deputation of residents spoke at yesterday’s full council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, to urge the council to take action.

Campaigner Bill Howe also asked for improved transport to Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, from the borough if the campaign to stop the A&E closing in 2015 fails.

Leader Cllr Keith Prince said: “I’m more than happy to do the meeting.

“I would like to thank Mr Howe and his friends for everything they are doing.”

Cllr Andy Walker, who works with the Save King George Hospital campaign group, asked about the possibility of taking legal action like Lewisham Council did to stop the closure of A&E at Lewisham Hospital.

Cllr Prince said lawyers had looked into it but cautioned the cases were “incredibly different”.

A motion moved by Cllr Walker for the council to support the campaign to keep Keing George’s A&E open and register its “dismay” at closure plans failed by default because it was not seconded.

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