The NHS bureaucracy this afternoon (September 20) confirmed that King George Hospital in Goodmayes will close to birth deliveries in spring 2013. Women living in the west of Redbridge in Bridge, Church End, Monkhams, Roding, Snaresbrook, Wanstead, Barkingside, Clayhall, Cranbrook, Fairlop and Fullwell, will have to go to Whipps Cross Hospital. Women living in the east of Redbridge including in Valentines, Newbury, Clementswood, Loxford, Seven Kings, Mayfield, Goodmayes and Chadwell will be sent to Queen’s Hospital Romford. This deplorable decision was not unexpected following the decision in November 2011 by the Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to downgrade King George Hospital and back plans to close Accident and Emergency Services and Maternity births.
As I told the House of Commons in June 2011 " It is an absolute disaster to contemplate closing the maternity unit at King George hospital, taking 2,000-plus births out of the equation each year, and as a result adding to the existing unbearable pressures on Queen’s hospital. It does not make sense. We have had a maternity hospital in Ilford since 1926, when the population was 85,000. The London borough of Redbridge now has a population of 280,000. We need to keep the maternity service—people have a right to be born in Ilford."
I have been fighting to save local services for over six years and will continue to fight for the interests of my constituents http://www.mikegapes.org.uk/save-king-george-hospital .