This month a new campaign is being launched by Wes to save the accident and emergency department at King George Hospital.
For some residents, there will be a sense of déjà vu. The original closure plan, first mooted back in 2008, was agreed by the government in 2011.
But a new sense of urgency is needed around this campaign as plans are currently being drawn up to close the King George's A&E overnight. This could happen sooner rather than later and could be the first step to wind up the A&E at King George altogether. That is unless we speak up.
Now is the time for the community to rally to save our local A&E department. Since the closure decision was taken in 2011 we've seen significant population growth, both of the local NHS trusts have been placed in special measure, and GPs have struggled to cope. We're calling on the Government to re-open the closure decision, and to look at the situation in north east London with a fresh pair of eyes and think again.
Given how much time has passed since the closure plan was first mooted, it is not unreasonable to expect a fresh review and a full public consultation before any changes to the A&E service are made.
The first major action of this campaign will be a public meeting at Redbridge Town Hall. Speakers will include health experts and representatives from Keep Our NHS Public and the successful campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital. Please come along and support the campaign, all resident welcome - the most voices, the better.
The Save King George Hospital A&E public meeting will be held on the 25th February at 19:30-21:00 in the Lambourne Room in Redbridge Town Hall.