I am very disappointed that the Conservative/Lib Dem government are going ahead with the closure of maternity at King George in March and they have now also confirmed that they will not change their decision to close the Accident and Emergeny facilities . This is a betrayal of the promises they made in opposition and shows contempt for the people of Ilford and Redbridge.
Here is my exchange with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Health questions on January 15th 2013.
Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): On 30 December, ambulances in north-east London were diverted from the Whipps Cross, Queen’s and Homerton hospitals, with only the accident and emergency units at the Royal London hospital and the King George hospital in Ilford being open. Last week, on 8 January, Queen’s hospital in Romford was again diverting ambulances. Will the new Secretary of State look at the decision of his predecessor, whom I see on the Bench near him, and cancel the insane decision to close the accident and emergency unit at King George hospital?
Mr Hunt: The decision has been taken, but we have made it absolutely clear that we will not proceed with implementing it until there is sufficient capacity in the area, particularly at Queen’s hospital in Romford, to cope with any additional pressures caused by it, and that undertaking remains.