Keep Our NHS public group, and Ms Penner led the successful save Lewisham Hospital A&E campaign.
Wes Streeting said: “Since the A&E closure plan was agreed a lot has changed. Our population has increased significantly, King George has outperformed Queens, both the NHS trusts covering Redbridge have been in special measures and GPs are struggling to cope”.
“We’re calling on the Government to re-open the closure decision, look at the situation in north east London with a fresh pair of eyes and think again.”
Data recently released through a Freedom of Information request show that in January last year there were no acute care beds available in Queens on every day bar one and that during that time 13 patients in need of emergency care were transferred to KGH.
Lee Burkwood said: “we must also hold the Clinical Commissioning Group to account on the other services currently being contracted out to private companies. We’ve got a massive fight to preserve our NHS over the next few years.”
On that note it may be appropriate to view this video, Sell-Off – The Movie. It lasts 59 minutes but it’s well worth watching.
On a final note, one notable person who was missing at this meeting was Mike Gapes MP. He is still convalescing from an aneurysm last year and says he owes his life to the NHS. For the full story on his experience as a patient see the Huffington Post.