Doctors in North London backed plans to close Chase Farm Hospital's maternity and A&E departments. The decision means patients will have to reply on North Middlesex and Barnet Hospitals in the future.
If the plans go ahead the hospital will be downgraded before the end of the year - ending almost a decade of uncertainty. But Enfield Council today announced they want to mount a legal bid to stop the closures - claiming they're unlawful. Luke Hanrahan reports.
Many people who currently use Chase Farm Hospital will continue to use Chase Farm Hospital, which will still see 200,000-plus patients a year.
The hospital will become the local centre of excellence for planned surgery and antenatal services, as well as outpatient and diagnostic services. It will also have assessment units for children and for older people.
The new urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital will still treat many of those who currently use A&E, 365 days a year. There is also a GP-led out-of-hours service for when the centre is closed at night-time.
– Dr Tim Peachey, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust
Today the Department of Health said any plans to make changes to hospital services should be based on "sound clinical advice" and show a clear benefit to patients in that area.
The Department of Health added: "Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area
"The Health Secretary will be responding to Mr Taylor's letter in due course."