Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mike Gapes raises KGH in Commons

Mike raised KGH in the Commons yesterday per the below: more at
Mike Gapes Pressed Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on Maternity services at KGH in Health Questions today
Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): Can the Secretary of State intervene with those involved with the health for outer north-east London programme to get them to allow the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to use the births and maternity capacity at King George hospital to take pressure off Queen’s?
Mr Lansley: As the hon. Gentleman knows, following the independent reconfiguration panel report, which I accepted in full, the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust is looking to manage safely its maternity services, while improving the quality at Queen’s. It is doing that in close co-operation with NHS London and, indeed, with the advice of the Care Quality Commission, following the commission’s inspections. I will continue to be closely involved in that, and we will continue to support the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust in improving services for the hon. Gentleman’s constituents and others.
Speaking afterwards  Mike Gapes said he was “disappointed but not surprised”  by the refusal of the Secretary of State to intervene. “There is currently capacity at King George which could be safely used to meet the wishes of local mothers to give birth locally and would take pressure  off  Queens.  I understand that the BHRT wanted to use this capacity  but the bureaucrats in Health for North East London have so far not approved this.   They would rather force Ilford mothers to go to the overstressed Queens a hospital which has been forced to transfer other  births to Essex , Homerton or Royal London.”

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