King George Hospital A&E is under threat of closure. A recently published NHS tender document implies work on producing the closure plan is happening now with the approval process for the A&E closure taking place in March 2017. It is not possible to be more specific as local NHS managers will not answer questions on the tender document which is published at savekinggeorgehospital.blogspot.co.uk
Save King George A&E is looking to hold a rally on the 18th March 2017, the purpose of the Rally and the walk from Valentines Park to the Town Hall is to persuade the powers that be to leave our A&E alone.
Back in 2011 when the A&E closure plan was passed, the Government give us a guarantee that our A&E would not be closed. We were told our A&E was safe:
“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.”
This is not the case, Queens is failing to hit the 95% A&E 4 hour safety threshold and it is missing cancer and other benchmarks and there is also an ongoing investigation into higher than expected pneumonia deaths at Queens and King George. Help fund the rally on the 18th March 2017 to say to our Government that the guarantee that was given to us on 27 October 2011 must be honoured.
The speakers at the rally include:
Cllr Jas Athwal: Leader of Redbridge Council
Keith Prince: Greater London Assembly Member for Redbridge and Havering:
Wes Streeting: MP for Ilford North:
You can send funds to the Save the King George A&E fund on the JustGiving website