Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Save King George Hospital Meeting 20th October: Midday Redbridge Town Hall

1) Apologies
2) Minutes and Matters arising
3) Discussion of 14th October March  2017 Rally and March.
4) What to do next: Cllr Athwal is in favour of maternity returning to KGH should we organise public meeting on this?
5) Any other business
6) Date of next meeting

Andy Walker 07956 263088

Monday, October 16, 2017

Redbridge no longer stands alone: Report back from Saturday events & video

A big thank you to everyone who helped out on Saturday.

The help of Jag and Colin who helped with the Redbridge part of the stewarding at the last minute was especially welcome.

The video of the Town Hall speeches is at video of Town Hall rally

Redbridge Council wrote to Mr Hunt seeking a review of the decision to close King George A&E in 2015.

Following campaign work, Barking and Dagenham and Havering Councils supported the campaign in September. Cllr Athwal announces at the end of the meeting he will be writing to Mr Hunt calling for a review of the closure decision with three other councils.

The decision of Waltham Forest Council to support the call for a review became public on the day of the rally.

We got a spot on the ITV London news and a screenshot is below.

The Recorder story is here Recorder 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Funding appeal for the march tomorrow

Should you like to make a donation towards the costs please go to,

NHS managers are working on plans to close our A&E in 2019. Queens, the hospital due to take most of the King George patients is struggling to cope with existing demand. The September Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group has been critical of care at both Queens and King George Hospitals. It is obvious to residents that we need more doctors and nurses in our hospitals not less. The meeting is promoting a request by Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham Councils to Mr Hunt to review the A&E closure plan due to the increasing NE London population. The £1200 comprises £960 hall hire, £117 banner £45 for leaflets and £21 for high viz jackets plus 5% for site handling fee,

The link Just Giving Page will take you to the page

London ITV News to cover march tomorrow

Delighted to get a call from London ITV earlier: they will be covering the march, subject to the understandable proviso of nothing more newsworthy happening.

So please spread the news about the march to your friends and family and let's hope for a good turnout.

Assemble 11am at Dagenham Central Park for march to Redbridge Town Hall for 3pm

Some campaigners are going direct to town hall and others will be walking part way and getting on the bus, so please don't think you are expected to walk the whole way.

Thanks to Julie, Rita & Jeff

Thank you to Rita, Julie and Jeff for leafleting with me earlier. We got a good reception outside the Town Hall, now we hope for decent weather tomorrow.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leafleting session today 1pm outside Ilford Town Hall

I will be leafleting for an hour at 1pm outside Redbridge Town Hall for the meeting tomorrow.

If you can help me it would be very welcome.

Andy 07956 263088

Cllr Canal,Leader of Redbridge Conservatives predicts King George A&E will be open for "many years to come"

I copy below a letter from Cllr Canal sent to me earlier today. I hope his prediction is correct, but until an official announcement is made, the campaign must continue. 

Dear Andy,
I was hoping to be with you on Saturday but regret I must extend my apologies as I am attending a family funeral in Liverpool.
I thought it would be helpful to reiterate our position on King George A&E.
As you know, there are no plans to close King George hospital. The hospital will serve the needs of local residents for many decades to come. There are also no plans to reduce the current 24hr opening of the hospital.
The review commissioned by Labour health minister Andy Burnham’s in 2009 did however recommend a downgrading of the site from a full A&E to an urgent care centre.
We have consistently opposed this recommendation. We believe the review as first published was fundamentally flawed, underestimated the demand for services then, and failed to take account of any increase in service demand in future years. In our view a 24 hr 7 day a week King George A&E remains crucial to delivering excellent care to residents across NE London.
The recommendation to downgrade King George A&E was originally supported by the Redbridge CCG. Indeed, without their support for that decision, and their subsequent support for the STP, this option would not be on the table. This was, and is disappointing. Without the support of the relevant CCGs, this proposal would not have taken off.
I am unable to reveal the discussions that have taken place within the BHRUT Emergency Department Working Group this year. Suffice to say that no-one who provided evidence to us this year now supports the original recommendation.
It is clear that not only was the original decision flawed, but the new “facts on the ground” make any downgrading untenable. Extra pressure on other already overstretched resources would have compromised patient safety. The only safe option is a fully functioning 24hr King George A&E.
The formal route to ending this madness is the publication of the Price Waterhouse review. It’s contents confirm the views of residents and councillors. I continue to urge immediate publication of the PW review. It will be the final nail in the coffin for this flawed plan.
In May of this year I said that King George A&E was not closing. I have lobbied extensively to ensure that is the case. Based on both evidence to the working group and my own conversations with senior ministers and civil servants, I will now go further. Not only is it not closing, it will remain open 24hrs a day, seven days a week, and will attract further investment to recent its future for many years to come.
I do not however underestimate the wider challenges to the health economy and health services in Redbridge and North East London. We need to build on the excellent work of our BHRUT ED working group and convene a further working group to look closely at health provision across Redbridge. We need to more effectively work with and hold the CCG to account. We need to more effectively lobby to reduce the funding gap that has existed in Redbridge for over 30 years.
Your campaign, for which I congratulate you, has been an exemplar in cross party work. I hope we can continue to work collaboratively to advance the interests of all residents in Redbridge and beyond.
I hope tomorrow Saturday goes well and reiterate my support to the campaign.
In the meantime, I look forward to formal confirmation of the abandonment of this flawed recommendation, and then working with others to further improve health services for all across Redbridge.

Cllr Paul Canal
Cllr Paul Canal
Bridge Ward Councillor
Leader of the Conservative Group

London Borough of Redbridge