An invitation to my health services meeting

I would like to invite you to a meeting I am holding so that you can share your concerns about health services at Queen’s and King George Hospital with the Care Quality Commission.

The Care Quality Commission are doing a special investigation into our hospitals and it is very important that your voice is heard, so please make the time to come and tell them about your experiences at this meeting.

This meeting will be held at Barking Learning Centre on Thursday 28 July between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the watchdog who make sure that hospitals provide high standards of quality and safety.

In January the CQC found that the maternity unit at Queen’s was not providing some of the basic standards of care. As a result of this and an investigation of the A&E at Queen’s they are carrying out a full investigation into these departments.

The CQC wants to hear from local residents. They have heard from the politicians and the bureaucrats, and are now giving you the chance to voice your views. They particularly want to hear about your own or your family’s experiences at the A&E and the maternity unit. Did you get the care, treatment and support that you needed? Did you feel safe?

If you are not able to attend you can send your views to, contact me on 0208 594 1333, write to me at Margaret Hodge MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or click here.

As I can’t send this invitation to everyone, please feel free to invite any members of your family, friends or neighbours who would like to come and share their experiences of Queen’s A&E or maternity services with me and the Care Quality Commission.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

With all good wishes



Margaret Hodge MP

P.S You call the CQC on 03000 616161, email them at or write to them at Care Quality Commission, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4PA

Barking Learning Centre is situated in Barking Town Centre, opposite the Town Hall.

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