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Ilford South MP Mike Gapes to appeal to the Government over the future of King George A&E

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 July 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

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The MP for Ilford South is to question Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today over the imminent planned closure of the borough’s only A&E department.

The future of the A&E department at the hospital, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, will be discussed in the House of Commons this afternoon.

MP Mike Gapes has secured an adjournment debate on the future of the A&E department, which is set to be downgraded to an urgent care centre by 2019.

Adjournment debates are held on very specific topics and enable an MP to raise pressing local matters in order to draw them to the House’s attention and to receive a direct reply from the Minister during the 30-minute debate.

Mr Gapes told the Recorder that he intended to ask Mr Hunt to reverse the decision to close the hospital’s A&E.

He said: “It would be absolutely mad to close the A&E unit now. I want the government to take that off the table and withdraw it.

“It was first announced that the hospital’s A&E unit would be closing in two years time in 2011, by the then Conservative health secretary Andrew Lansley.

“Since then, the trust which runs the hospital went into special measures and it was deemed not safe to close it, but it has since come out of it.

“And during the election campaign, Mr Hunt visited Ilford and said that the unit would not close for the foreseeable future.

“But the North East London Sustainability and Transformation (STP) plan still contains plans to close the A&E.”

In May, a spokeswoman from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), which runs the hospital, confirmed that plans to downgrade the unit were still going ahead.

In March, more than a thousand campaigners marched to Redbridge Town Hall to oppose the closure of the emergency unit at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

To watch the debate which should take place about 3pm, click here.


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