Last Wednesday, 28th October, there was a Save King George A&E campaign meeting held in Fullwell Cross library. Unfortunately this coincided with a Trafficageddon incident in the south of the borough which resulted in no 169 busses at The Glade for at least an hour and a half, (apparently they were all stuck in Ilford Lane) so I was late having walked the length of Fullwell Avenue. So I can’t report, because I missed nearly all of it, except that the following letter has been sent to the Secretary of State.
Dear Mr Hunt
Request to help King George and Queens Hospitals
On 27 October 2011 plans were passed by Andrew Lansley, then Secretary of State for Health, to close King George Hospital A&E. The following guarantee was given that no residents would come to harm as a consequence of the closure:
"The Health Secretary today accepted a report by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) on the Health for North East London clinical case for change, which includes the best future for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
However, no changes will take place until the Care Quality Commission, which published its own report on local services today, has assured the Secretary of State that the services provided by Queen’s Hospital and other local health services are of a high standard." ENDs
This guarantee was broken earlier this year when 24 beds were removed from King George Hospital, a hospital that is in special measures rather than of a high standard. August key safety indicators at the King George and Queens Hospitals declined as a consequence. Beds have also been removed from Queens hospital, the second hospital which makes up our local trust which will also lead to a decline in care.
We ask you to honour the guarantee we were given and intervene to replace the beds, doctors and nurses that have been removed from our hospitals.