St George’s Day petition aimed at protecting �5m in health services

�Hundreds of people have signed a petition against cuts to health services in Barking and Dagenham.

The council launched the campaign at a St George’s Day event, where over 400 residents signed the document asking the government to protect �local health services.

The petition demanded no “damaging and short-sighted cuts” along with “immediate improvements to local hospital services, especially Queen’s Hospital and local �maternity services,” keeping walk-in centres open and �preventing cuts to GP surgeries opening hours.

Last month, the Post �revealed how dozens of services targeting obesity, teenage pregnancy, vascular risk assessment, as well as a new community hospital, had been scrapped as part of a �5.4million savings package.

Cuts to GP extended hours and the Dagenham Walk-In Centre, Broad Street, are �under review. The plans are a �response to government proposals to deliver �20billion in NHS savings �during the next three years.

To sign the council’s petition go to

Meanwhile the Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) – an �indendent body reviewing NHS services – is asking residents, interest groups, patients, clinicians and other health staff to give their views on changes to health services in four North East London boroughs, including Barking and Dagenham.

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The move is part of a review commissioned by health secretary Andrew Lansley.

n You can contact the IRP by emailing or call 020 7389 8046.