The Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts tonight as expected spinelessly rubber stamped the NHS bureaucrats unpopular and unsafe plans to close the Accident and Emergency and maternity births at King George Hospital Ilford.
This was despite widespread opposition . Last night eight local Labour and Conservative MPs met together at the House of Commons jointly to express opposition to these proposals.
Last night eight local Labour and Conservative MPs met together at the House of Commons jointly to express opposition to these proposals.
My detailed response to this whole exercise was set out in my speech and interventions in the special debate in the House of Commons which I called on 21 October 2010 .
Here is a summary
1. These proposals do not take account of the results of the public consultation
2. The public consultation showed a rejection by a margin of at least 2-1 for plans to close the A and E and maternity births at King George hospital.
3. The maternity proposals are rejected by the specialist colleges.
4. The plans are based on unrealistic assumptions and heroic predictions about improvements in productivity and efficiency.
5. The proposals do not meet the four tests set out by the Secretary of State. They do not have support of the local patients, population and local elected members of local government or Members of Parliament. They do not have the demonstrable support of the majority of local general practitioners and clinicians.
6. The projected population increases and financial situation of the NHS have not been fully considered.
Last weekI met Secretary of State Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health on Thursday together with Lee Scott MP and Margaret Hodge MP and we jointly called on him to intervene and stop these plans. We were told that he will only consider whether or not to do that after the meeting tonight.
I hope that Redbridge and other councils will now call on the Secretary of State to intervene and stop these mad plans.