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Redbridge Council leader asks Jeremy Hunt to review King George’s A&E closure

PUBLISHED: 16:09 02 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:09 02 September 2015

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal hass written a letter to Jeremy Hunt asking him to review the closure of King George Hospital's A&E department.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal hass written a letter to Jeremy Hunt asking him to review the closure of King George Hospital's A&E department.

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The leader of Redbridge Council has written an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, requesting a discussion about the planned closure of King George’s A&E.

Cllr Jas Athwal wrote to the secretary of state for health last month, saying: “The Council, our local MPs, and the community are very concerned that the closure of this service would place Redbridge residents at risk.”

The Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust (BHRUT) plan sees the department, in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, downgrade to a 24-hour urgent care centre.

Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, would become the borough’s closest A&E centre.

Cllr Athwal explains: “The continuing uncertainty and appropriate delay in implementing the decision ... is without doubt a key factor in the inability of the service to recruit staff.”

The council leader objected that overturning the decision “would constitute local political concerns overriding a clinically driven decision” and argued that the changing nature of the borough necessitated a review.


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