Hands Off Our Hospital: King George services closure threat goes to heart of government

Redbridge councillors united in opposition to plans

THE FIGHT to save services at King George Hospital is going right to the heart of government after Redbridge Council unanimously decided to lobby the Secretary of State for Health.

Andrew Lansley will be asked to review proposals which will see the A&E and labour ward at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, close.

The controversial plans, which were first mooted as long ago as 2006, were castigated as councillors gathered for two emergency meetings held on Tuesday in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford.

The council’s health scrutiny committee agreed to ask chief executive Roger Hampson to write to Mr Lansley expressing the authority’s objection to the plans on six counts.

Two hours later, a full council meeting formally approved that recommendation.

Intervention by Mr Lansley is considered to be the last chance for the plans to be thrown out.

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Council leader Cllr Keith Prince said he wanted the council not only to write to Mr Lansley, but for the borough’s MPs to “harangue him to reverse this outrageous decision”.

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