We need proper hospitals with A&Es, MP warns
PUBLISHED: 12:10 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010
MPs from across the political divide are coming together to criticise plans to close A&E units throughout the capital. A debate in the House of Commons on London hospitals, secured by Hornsey and Wood Green Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, highlig
MPs from across the political divide are coming together to criticise plans to close A&E units throughout the capital.
A debate in the House of Commons on London hospitals, secured by Hornsey and Wood Green Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, highlighted the uncertain future of several A&Es.
London NHS is already threatening to close the A&E at Whittington Hospital near Ms Featherstone's north London constituency. In a leaked letter to hospital directors, four options were on the cards, including axing the A&E unit.
Residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich have already gone through the exasperating process of losing Queen Mary's A&E in Sidcup.
At the debate last Wednesday, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett highlighted the need for a Sidcup A&E. He pointed out that the recent closure of the A&E in Bromley, due to norovirus, meant the A&E at Sidcup had to be temporarily reopened.
He said: "Under the provisions, people will have to travel further to access emergency care.
"Once we start downgrading services, a hospital is no longer really the proper hospital that people in our areas need, but a local facility." Ilford North MP Lee Scott told the House of the threats to the King George Hospital in Ilford, Essex.
He said: "There is allegedly a consultation going on in which people's views are being listened to, but those responsible are trying to bring about the closures by stealth before the consultation has even finished.
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