Campaigners urge Government to protect Ilford A&E unit

The campaigners on the march. Credit: ITV News

Protesters held a march through East London calling on the Government to halt a proposal to downgrade the Accident and Emergency unit at King George Hospital.

They believe the Government is considering a plan to turn it into an Urgent Care Centre instead in 2019, which means emergency patients would need to go to neighbouring hospitals such as the Queen's Hospital in Romford. However, local politicians, who were on today's march, believe that would put too much pressure on the other A&E units in the area:

"Queen's has been a very poor hospital since the day it opened. When you've got one hospital that is actually supporting three-quarters of a million people that is not performing then actually it isn't time to start closing the other facilities as well."

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Barking and Dagenham Council leader

"Detailed work is currently going on to review the demand and capacity plans at King George Hospital and the impact any changes might have on neighbouring hospitals at Queen's, Whipps Cross and Newham. Until this work is complete there will be no change and the existing A&E facilities at King George will continue to operate as now."

East London Health & Care Partnership