A two year old boy has died after his mum rushed him to a North London hospital - only to find its Accident and Emergency unit had been closed as part of NHS reforms.
Muhammad Hashir Naveed had stopped breathing when he arrived at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield - and although staff there did try to resusciate him before rushing him to an OPEN A&E department five miles away - he later died.
A judicial review hearing into the decision to downgrade A&E services at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield is to begin at the High Court today.
The review has been brought on the grounds that the decision to close services had been made on the basis that primary care services in the area would be improved.
Enfield council claims that such improvements haven't taken place, and that without them A&E closures at Chase Farm are unsafe.
Services are currently due to close on 9 December.
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."