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We need proper hospitals with A&E, MP warns

PUBLISHED: 14:32 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

MPs from across the political divide are coming together to criticise plans to close A&E units throughout the capital.

MPs from across the political divide are coming together to criticise plans to close A&E units throughout the capital.

A debate in the House of Commons on London hospitals, secured by Hornsey and Wood Green Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, highlighted the uncertain future of several A&Es.

London NHS is already threatening to close the A&E at Whittington Hospital near Ms Featherstone's north London constituency. In a leaked letter to hospital directors, four options were on the cards, including axing the A&E unit.

Residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich have already gone through the exasperating process of losing Queen Mary's A&E in Sidcup.

At the debate last Wednesday, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett highlighted the need for a Sidcup A&E. He pointed out that the recent closure of the A&E in Bromley, due to norovirus, meant the A&E at Sidcup had to be temporarily reopened.

He said: "Under the provisions, people will have to travel further to access emergency care.

"Once we start downgrading services, a hospital is no longer really the proper hospital that people in our areas need, but a local facility." Ilford North MP Lee Scott told the House of the threats to the King George Hospital in his area.

He said: "There is allegedly a consultation going on in which people's views are being listened to, but those responsible are trying to bring about the closures by stealth before the consultation has even finished.

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