Search

Save King George Hospital A&E march and rally to be held on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 October 2017

Protesters at a march to save King George Hospital's A&E in March. Picture: Catherine Davison

Protesters at a march to save King George Hospital's A&E in March. Picture: Catherine Davison

Catherine Davison

A march and rally is being held tomorrow to protest the closure of King George Hospital’s A&E.

MPs, councillors and campaigners will be meeting at Dagenham Central Park, off Rainham Road North, Dagenham, at 11.30am, before walking to Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

From there the group will march to Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, Ilford, for 3pm, where there will be a rally with speeches from local MPs and the leaders of Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham Councils.

If you cannot manage the walk the number 128 bus runs from Queen’s Hospital to Ilford town centre.

The campaigners are protesting against the closure of Redbridge’s only emergency department, at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Slated for closure for more than 10 years, the date of 2019 was given last autumn for when the A&E will downgrade to a 24 hour urgent care centre.

The campaign has cross party support, and in March the chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), Matthew Hopkins, hinted that the proposals may not go ahead.

“There are still a lot decisions to be made,” he said at the time.

During the general election health secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that the emergency deparment “would not be closing any time soon”.

The Save King George A&E campaign, spearheaded by the relentless Andy Walker, is hoping Mr Hunt makes the decision official.

Related articles

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Yesterday, 17:50

Essex collected their first win of the Specsavers County Championship season when they despatched Lancashire by 31 runs with more than a day to spare at Chelmsford.

There was no grand finish at the Emirates, where the Hammers slumped to their 1,000th top-flight defeat at the hands of the goal-grabbing Gunners.

Yesterday, 10:00

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger hailed last heat hero Nick Morris after they snatched a 45-44 win at Ipswich.

Yesterday, 09:30

A member of a Dagenham running club has raised over £1,500 for charity in advance of running the London Marathon.

Yesterday, 09:23

Essex’s James Foster says the defending champions have work to do to complete a win over Lancashire at Chelmsford.

Yesterday, 09:00

A children’s mentor from Dagenham is embarking on his fourth London marathon for children’s charity Phabkids.

Yesterday, 08:00

Barking twice came from behind to earn all three points at Hertford on Saturday.

Yesterday, 08:00

Royal Victoria Docks will play host to the British leg of the UIM F1H2O World Championship in June.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now