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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.
- The decision to close the services was made by members of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey clinical commissioning groups
- Maternity and inpatient paediatric services will close on November 20 and the A&E department will shut on December 9
- Chase Farm will still operate an urgent care centre for minor injuries, burns or illness but this will not remain open overnight
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."
Ray James of Enfield Council says the authority would consider the closure of A&E "unlawful".
Speaking before the vote, Nick de Bois, the MP for Enfield said: "I hope the board are of no doubt that a vast swathe of my constituents are not in favour of this proposal."
Tim Peachey, the interim Chief Executive at Barnet & Chase Farm NHS Trust said: "Changes will put health economy ahead in London."
The future of services at Chase Farm hospital will be decided today.
Commissioning Groups in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey will meet to decide whether to cut services at Chase Farm Hospital.
Today's meeting will mark the end of a long campaign for many local people who've relied on Chase Farm's services.