Search

Election 2017: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan – The future of King George Hospital A&E is on the ballot paper on Thursday

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 June 2017

Sadiq visiting King George Hospital with Wes Streeting and Mike Gapes. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Sadiq visiting King George Hospital with Wes Streeting and Mike Gapes. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

Archant

Sadiq Khan claimed the decision facing Redbridge’s voters on Thursday was a “no-brainer” for people who care about the NHS on a visit to King George Hospital yesterday.

Mr Khan, who recently helped launch incumbent Mr Streeting’s campaign to hold Ilford North for Labour, was appearing at the Goodmayes hospital alongside Mr Streeting and Ilford South candidate Mike Gapes.

Speaking exclusively to the Recorder, the Mayor of London said: “On the ballot paper this Thursday is the future of King George A&E, it’s as simple as that.

“The Tories are serial promise breakers and they have shown that they don’t believe in the NHS by their actions over the last seven years.

“Frankly speaking, if you use King George Hospital and if you care about the A&E, the maternity department and the NHS in general then to me it’s a no brainer.”

Mr Khan went on to discuss a similar situation he had seen in Enfield North in 2010, when campaigning Conservatives had promised that the Chase Farm Hospital A&E unit would remain open despite the threat of closure.

In 2013, despite the fact a Conservative candidate was elected in 2010, the unit closed.

The Mayor of London went on to launch a scathing attack on Conservative candidate Mr Scott.

He said: “Compare and contrast Wes with the previous Tory MP [Mr Scott], who was in Parliament at the same time as me.

“He wouldn’t say boo to a goose. He just does whatever he is told by his leadership.”

Last month, Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt appeared to cast doubt over the closure of the King George A&E whilst visiting the constituency to give Mr Scott his unequivocal backing.

At the time he said such a drastic change in local healthcare would not happen “in the foreseeable future”, as other local hospitals are not yet adequately prepared.

Mr Scott has also accused Mr Streeting of electioneering by claiming the A&E is still under threat.

He said: “Labour are scare mongering, they are damaging staff morale and this is putting vulnerable people at risk.”

The issue was further clouded after Queen’s Hospital in Romford came out of special measures earlier this year.

At the time, the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital’s Trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins told the Recorder there were “still a lot of decisions to be made” regarding the threatened A&E.

But Mr Streeting was adamant it was the Conservatives who were not being honest with the electorate.

He said: “They have been misleading voters about the A&E’s future, about their plans to safeguard it and the simple fact is that the closure decision has already been taken by the government.

“The only reason it hasn’t closed already is because the two local trusts were in special measures and there is still a fighting chance to reverse the decision and close the A&E but only if we fight for it.”

“On Thursday the people of Ilford North have a simple choice – a Conservative yes man who will do as he’s told even as the government are about to close his local A&E, or a Labour MP who will fight to save it.”

Ilford South candidate Mr Gapes, who has fought plans to downgrade the A&E since 2006, was similarly clear.

He told the Recorder: “Jeremy Hunt has always refused to rule out the closure of the A&E.

“When he came down he only said it would remain open for the foreseeable future.

“Now I don’t know how far-reaching a crystal ball he has got, but actually that doesn’t mean there are no plans to close it.

“The plans from local healthcare services still show the closure scheduled in there for 2019.

“It is still in there, and even if the timetable slips a little bit, they have not made the decision to take it off the table.”

The Recorder weighed up both sides of the long-running argument surrounding King George Hospital in a special fact check on the issue that can be read here.

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories

09:05

Essex batsman Varun Chopra was delighted to do his bit for the team in their Royal London One-Day Cup win over Somerset at Chelmsford on Friday night.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this bank holiday weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Last week I told you that I was leaving one radio station. Like a bad smell but in audio form, I’m hard to get rid of.

It is perhaps unthinkable to suggest that we could become inured to the horror of the loss of so many young lives on our streets recently; however, the memory of these incidents, the pain and distress they have caused will become less acute with the passage of time.

Yesterday, 21:31

A monumental innings of 160, the highest List A score of his career, by Varun Chopra helped Essex Eagles revive their Royal London Cup campaign against Somerset at Chelmsford.

Yesterday, 16:34

Redbridge Council has applied for a High Court interim injunction to ban travellers from settling in the borough.

Yesterday, 16:31

Green-fingered community members have the opportunity to grow edible plants with medicinal properties at a Hainault garden in aid of refugees.

Yesterday, 16:00

After a tough start to 2018, the recently relegated side will aim to enjoy success in two different formats over the Bank Holiday weekend

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Awards Directory

Show Job Lists

Competitions

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

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now