Redbridge Labour are delighted that threat of closure of our A&E at King George Hospital will be lifted. After years of campaigning and lobbying by the community, parliamentarians and councillors this is a real moment to celebrate.
Next week a proposal to lift the closure will be considered by the Joint committee of the Clinical Commissioning Groups for Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering.
Redbridge Labour have always been firm and clear in our position that an Emergency Care facility was needed at King George Hospital. In the last few months the Leader of the Council Cllr Jas Athwal, Cabinet Member Cllr Mark Santos and our MPs Wes Streeting and Mike Gapes have been lobbying hard with NHS managers for that final push.
“We are delighted that the closure for our A&E will be lifted and we can focus our energies on the wider but important subject of how we can improve and develop our health services in Redbridge for the benefit of residents” said Cllr Mark Santos Redbridge Cabinet Member Adult Social Care & Health.
The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal commented, “After years of hard work I am overjoyed that the government is finally listening. Kings George A&E provides a vital service here in Redbridge and it is only just and fair that it remain open. Residents deserve the security of knowing their A&E is close by in times of need.”