Barking and Dagenham MPs to discuss King George A&E in parliament

Labour pair Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge are expected to join in today's parliamentary debate

Labour pair Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge are expected to join in today's parliamentary debate - Credit: Archant

Margaret Hodge and Jon Cruddas are expected to discuss the future of King George A&E in parliament this afternoon.

The Barking and Dagenham and Rainham MPs will put questions straight to government ministers in an hour-long parliamentary debate about the state of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), which runs the Goodmayes hospital.

Earlier this month, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) decided to keep the trust in special measures after an inspection in March.

Speaking ahead of the discussion, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, who called the debate, said: “I’m going to emphasise that as long as the hospital remains in special measures, they can’t close the A&E.

“They will have to invest a lot of money at Queen’s Hospital [before A&E can be downgraded], even if they make the decision it will take two to three years.


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“Why doesn’t the government change its mind and reverse the decision?”

Other Labour MPs from the area, including Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, are expected to speak at the debate, which starts at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall.

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Jane Ellison, parliamentary under-secretary of state for public health will also be there to respond to questions and comments.

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