Barking and Dagenham MPs unite at No 10 against hospital closures

David Cameron received a plea to save services at King George Hospital as people from four boroughs marched on 10 Downing Street on Thursday.

David Cameron received a plea to save services at King George Hospital as people from four boroughs marched on 10 Downing Street on Thursday.

A delegation of politicians and campaigners showed a united front to deliver a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister, asking for proposals to close the A&E and maternity wards at the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes to be ditched.

There are fears the downsizing would put intolerable strain on nearby hospitals, including Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford.

Speaking about Queen’s Hospital Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham said there would be more tragedies if plans went ahead.


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“You ask anyone on the street they will tell you it cannot cope in terms of A&E when you say it’s going to happen I say it’s not going to happen because of the strength of agreement. Everyone knows that this will increase pressure on the other hospitals.”

Barking MP Margaret Hodge added: “We have got the biggest birth rate in the whole of the country. We’ve got these terrible cases like this mother who died and they’re telling us they can close of the maternity wards? We’ve got ambulances queuing round the block and you’re telling me that we can cope with one less A&E?

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