Overnight A&E closures at King George will not go ahead

Archive for April, 2011

Overnight A&E closures at King George will not go ahead

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Today I received a personal assurance from Andrew Lansley that overnight A&E closures at King George Hospital will not go ahead.

I wrote to him last month to raise my concerns after a constituent told me that the A&E unit would no longer provide a 24 hour service from July onwards. Click here to see my original letter.

I’m extremely pleased to have been personally assured that overnight closures will not be happening, but it’s important to remember that we’re still waiting for the Secretary of State to make a final decision on the future of King George A&E.

Closing the A&E at night would have been completely outrageous and could have put lives at risk.

Here is Andrew Lansley’s letter to me:

Our letter to the PM

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Today I was joined by 7 other local MPs – Jon Cruddas, Iain Duncan Smith, Mike Gapes, Lee Scott, Andrew Rosindell, John Cryer and Angela Watkinson – on the steps of 10 Downing Street.

We were there to hand in a letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to stop the closure of the A&E and Maternity units at King George Hospital.

This is our letter:


Outrageous decision to cut out of hours GP services

Monday, April 4th, 2011

The new primary care trust for Barking & Dagenham (ONEL) which took over responsibility for local health services last Friday has cut funding for out of hours GP services in the borough.

It’s one of its first decisions.

What is even more amazing is that it would appear as though we are the only borough out of the four that make up north east London NHS which is having its GP provision cut even though we have one of the greatest demands for GP services.

The decision is yet another example of the mismanagement of local NHS services.

We know that the chief executive of the new primary care trust (ONEL) is behind the proposals to see services transferred from King George to Queens Hospital.

It’s completely ludicrous to cut access to local GPs at the same time as cutting access to Hospital services. 

I have contacted ONEL demanding a full list of decisions that were taken at their meeting last week.

Concern raised at Barts & London merger

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I have written to Andrew Lansley Secretary of State for Health expressing my “deepest concern” about the consequences for Barking & Dagenham of a proposed merger of Barts & London Hospitals Trust with Whipps Cross and Newham.

I am very concerned by the unplanned consequences of this possible merger and what that could mean for local health services. These changes could be critical for our area.

It’s vital that the NHS puts all its cards on the table about these proposals so that we don’t get to see just one piece of the jigsaw at a time.

Here is my letter to the Secretary of State: