‘We will fight on’ - Redbridge hospital campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS have pledged to not let up in their fight to save services at King George Hospital, despite health chiefs last night voting unanimously in favour of the closures.

A chink of light still remains, with the government now likely to be asked to wade into the battle to keep open the A&E and labour ward at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Members of the joint committee of PCTs approved the controversial proposals in a three-hour meeting at Old Stratford Town Hall, Stratford.

They heard the arguments for the closures and had the opportunity to ask questions.

While no timetable was given for shutting the departments, the committee was told the proposals would be “phased in”.

Speaking to the Recorder this morning, Conservative Cllr Chris Cummins, who is chairman of the health scrutiny committee, said: “To those who are disappointed, I’d say the battle hasn’t been lost yet.

“I’ll be pushing for it to be referred to Andrew Lansley (the Secretary of State for Health).”

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Labour Cllr Andy Walker, who has been at the forefront of the campaign to save service at King George, said: “The campaign can definitely be won.”

He added: “Their [Health for North East London’s] argument falls apart when you look at it for more than 30 seconds.”