King George Hospital Update

Archive for June, 2015

King George Hospital Update

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Following reports in the local news there has been a lot of confusion about the closure of A&E at King George Hospital. I have received phone calls from lots of residents concerned about its future. I wanted to find out exactly what is going on so I asked the Government to clarify its position. I am disappointed to hear that they are still committed to their ludicrous decision to close the A&E but I have received assurances that no changes will be made to the A&E whilst Queen’s is still in a mess. Residents will know that I am completely opposed to this ridiculous decision to close the A&E at King George Hospital and will fight its closure every way.

Monthly Column- Thank you

Friday, June 5th, 2015

I am extremely humbled and very privileged to be elected for the 6th time to represent Barking and Dagenham in Parliament. There are a lot of challenges facing the Borough but I feel passionately about listening to your concerns and making the area better for you.

There were some issues that came up time and again on the doorstep. For many people housing is at the top of their agenda. 11,000 residents are waiting on the Council’s housing list and many of you are paying extortionate rents. Over the next five years I will work hard with your Council to get the investment we need to build more homes at a price local people can afford.

We all know our NHS is in crisis. I spoke to far too many residents who are waiting more than a week to see their GP. This is simply not on and I will continue to campaign for more high quality health services including the much needed GP surgery on Barking Riverside.

Thousands of you have supported my bus petition to get the number 5 bus diverted so it goes straight to Queen’s hospital. Residents are fed up with constantly getting a raw deal with transport and health services in the Borough. I will be taking this petition straight to City Hall to ensure that the Mayor of London listens to your concerns. I want to say a huge thank you for re-electing me. I will continue to be your champion in Parliament.I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at my regular coffee afternoons and street meetings, and delivering on the issues that really matter to you.