In 2011 Iain Duncan Smith joined seven other east London MPs in handing a petition at Downing Street to urge the prime minister to save services at King George hospital.
Since then the maternity services at King Georges Hospital have been moved to The Queen’s Hospital in Romford and plans were made to close the King Georges’ A&E in October 2011.
The team behind the blog Save King Georges Hospital, have written the following letter to local councillors:
We are writing to all Councillors in Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham to ask if you would like to come to deliver a letter to 10 Downing St on 12:00pm on Friday 26th September 2014 asking for the closure of King George Hospital A&E to be abandoned and the return of maternity to the King George Hospital site.
We would welcome Councillors from all three boroughs and all parties to attend.
The link here
shows the last time in April 2011 a letter was handed to 10 Downing Street on the issue.
The decision to close King George Hospital A&E was made in October 2011. However, the A&E remains open, but both Queens and King George Hospitals have been put into special measures for being unable to provide safe care at all times.
Queens and other London maternity units regularly close their doors as they are unable to cope with demand. BHRUT has identified a shortage of child beds locally which puts children at risk of poor care. The purpose of the photoshoot outside number 10 will be to seek to persuade the government to abandon the plan to close King George Hospital A&E and reopen the maternity unit.
The closure plans damages health care in our hospitals because medical staff do not want to work at King George Hospital A&E when it is due to close, nor do staff want to work at Queen’s when thousands of extra patients are due to be sent to a hospital that cannot cope safely with the existing demand.
Bob Archer Bill Howe Andy Walker
C/O 120 Blythswood Road IG3 8SG 07956 263088
For more information go to the Save King George Hospital website