Tories confirm A and E closure but when ?

In answer to a question by Mike Gapes MP during an emergency Urgent Question in Parliament on Tuesday 21 May 2013, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed that the Tory led government still intend to go ahead with their plans announced by his predecessor Andrew Lansley in 2011 to close the Accident and Emergency department at King George Hospital Ilford .

Here is the exchange:

Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): How does the decision to close the A and E unit at King George hospital in Ilford, which was taken by the Secretary of State’s predecessor, who is sitting next to him, and confirmed by him recently, help to take the pressure off Queen’s hospital in Romford?

Mr Hunt: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the decision has been taken, but the A and E department has not been closed and will not be closed until it is clinically safe to do so.

Speaking afterwards Mike Gapes said “This is Alice in Wonderland politics. Everyone knows Queens Hospital cannot cope now and GP services under this Coalition government are getting worse. They originally said they intended to close KGH in about two years from 2011. But there is no way it will be “clinically safe” to do so this year .  They should stop the uncertainty and drop this mad plan.”


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