Labour councillors were left dismayed at the last meeting of Redbridge Full Council tonight as the Redbridge Conservatives watered down a Labour motion on the crisis afflicting our local NHS Trust.
Following the decision of the Care Quality Commission to put the NHS Trust into special measures, Ilford North’s Parliamentary Candidate, Wes Streeting, tabled a motion with Redbridge Labour Leader Cllr Jas Athwal to hold the local NHS Trust to account and redouble our efforts to save the A&E service at King George Hospital.
Labour’s proposals for a public meeting and an article in the Council-run Redbridge Life newspaper to raise awareness of the crisis in the local NHS Trust were deleted by Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors.
Wes Streeting said: “I’m deeply disappointed that the Tories removed aspects of our motion that were about involving the public in debate about the failings of our local NHS Trust. Our local Trust is in special measures, we’re the only borough in London without a maternity unit and our A&E service is not only under threat, it’s one of the worst in London.
“Under David Cameron, we’ve seen £3billion wasted on a top-down reorganisation of the NHS and he has broken his promise that there would be no forced closures at King George Hospital. No wonder the Tories don’t want the public to know what’s going on. You can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.”