Sunday, April 18, 2010

The March Hare

Redbridge residents took to the street again on Saturday 17 April to oppose plans to close the A&E department at King George hospital. About 200 marched from the green near the hospital through Seven Kings and into the centre of Ilford to hear local community and religious leaders condemn the plans. Organisers emphasised the need to maintain the campaign through the election period and keep ready for new challenges after May 6. Members of Redbridge NUT and of Unite the Union also joined the march with their banners and flags. A lively group of young churchgoers from St. Pauls Goodmayes brought their megaphone and for once the Chadwell Heath Greens had some competition to see who could chant slogans the loudest.

Bob Archer

Meanwhile “Labour would close A&E departments and maternity wards if it wins the election, health secretary Andy Burnham admitted today.” 7th April 2010, Daily Mail.

Not to worry? We do have a local Labour MP who writes “I have led the campaign to Save King George Hospital.” Really? He has, admittedly, turned up for the photo ops but I’m not aware that he has “led” the campaign. I think those activists who have organised events such as yesterdays, like Andy Walker and Wilson Chowdhry, plus all our councillors from whatever party, I must mention here Cllr Mrs Sladden in particular, not forgetting Lee Scott MP Ilford North and of course the Ilford Recorder and all the foot soldiers will be jolly pleased to note we have had such leadership.

Alice, hypothesises, "The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad -- at least not so mad as it was in March."

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