Following publication today of an open letter on healthcare funding in the borough and the future of A&E at King George Hospital, Council Leader Cllr Jas Athwal said:
“After years of hard work, I am delighted that I have been able to guarantee that emergency care will continue to be provided at King George Hospital. Our residents deserve the security of knowing their A&E is close by in times of need, and this letter provides it.
“We should be clear that KGH needs significant national investment not simply to maintain, but to improve the quality of service. It is extremely disappointing that a request for over £70m of national capital investment was unsuccessful.
“I know that there has been a great deal of confusion about this capital bid, with some suggesting incorrectly that our plans to improve local services is actually a new threat to services at the KGH. These concerns are unwarranted, unhelpful and are simply causing unnecessary concern. It gives me great pleasure to be able to categorically deny these rumours.
“Let me be clear, as our letter does today: A&E services at King George will remain open. It is time for scaremongering to stop.”