View from the House: Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 July 2017


King George A&E remains under threat. The battle goes on

Parliament may be in recess for the summer, but my work goes on. My main focus is our ongoing campaign to save the A&E at King George Hospital.

The A&E remains under threat, because the ministerial decision taken by the health secretary in 2011 still stands.

This has been confirmed in recent weeks by the health minister.

If only Jeremy Hunt had been so transparent when he visited Ilford North during the general election campaign!

It didn’t help our cause that the Conservatives sought to mislead people about the threat to our A&E because of the election, but there we are.

My frustration remains that no one I speak to in the local health service believes that the closure plan agreed in 2011 can be delivered, yet they’re expected to work to that plan.

But therein also lies the source of my optimism that we can win our A&E battle.

When I was first elected, I asked decision makers to look at the issue with a fresh pair of eyes.

We won a victory there. That work is now well underway.

Alongside it, I’m leading a cross-party working group into the future of A&E provision in our area.

I’m grateful to more than 10,000 residents who signed my parliamentary petition, to the thousands who have turned up to rallies, marches and community meetings. The fight goes on, but I’m convinced this is a fight we can win.

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