King George A&E Saved from Imminent Closure

The proposal to close the Accident & Emergency Department at King George Hospital in 2019 has been shelved.

A new review will be undertaken which will seek to embed a sustainable service that is responsive to the needs of the community in terms of access and capacity.

In a statement released this week, the East London Health & Care Partnership (ELHCP) declared the existing A&E at King George will continue to operate as it does now. The announcement follows recommendations made by consulting group Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) after a recent strategic review.

The decision comes after a decade of campaigning, led by local healthcare campaigner Andy Walker, and by cross-party and cross-council support across Redbridge and Havering. Particular concerns were that the Queen’s Hospital A&E, already under great pressure, would be unable to cope with A&E provision for a much wider area should King George A&E close.

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