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Southgate MP David Burrowes believes delaying the closure of accident and emergency and maternity services at Chase Farm Hospital is a 'big risk'
Southgate MP David Burrowes believes that delaying plans to shut Chase Farm Hospital’s services will create a risk to the quality and safety of patients.
Following the Barnet Enfield and Haringey Clinical Commissioning Groups meeting on Wednesday, September 25, where Enfield Borough Council deemed the closure of Chase Farm Hospital’s accident and emergency (A&E) and maternity wards unlawful, Mr Burrowes feels that further delays are a big risk on patients healthcare
In a statement he said: “The reality is that well over £100 million has been invested in the last year in our local hospitals with improved and expanded women's, children's and emergency services at both North Mid and Barnet hospitals as well as the investment in new urgent care facilities, paediatric and older persons assessment units and an elective surgical centre at Chase Farm.
“We heard that there is a real danger that our hospitals will be put at risk by a delay in the reconfiguration of services. We heard that all the hospitals are ready for the changes and the only IRP recommendation yet to be complete is hospital building works (which will be complete by the time of implementation).
“I believe that the biggest risk for Chase Farm's future is the blight of continued delay and uncertainty. We now need to get the necessary investment in Chase Farm to make it fit for modern day purposes rather than fight old battles.”
Enfield GPs voted in favour of the closure of the services at Chase Farm Hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield, and the closing date was set as November 15, and the Southgate MP believes that it is important to look forward instead of going backwards.
He said: “The big issue facing Enfield is the need to improve primary care and I share the concern that as promised by the former PCTs more should have been in place by the time of service changes.
“Thankfully under this Government there has been the biggest increase in North London's primary care with an investment of £10.6 million. I will continue to press for more investment and particularly better care of the elderly both in hospital and in the community.
“As winter approaches, a delayed decision could put at risk the quality and safety of Enfield patients and their healthcare. The Council should put taxpayers money towards improving public health rather than wasting it on legal fees.
“At the end of the day, it is not my view that counts but the local clinicians and GPs who unanimously have decided that the BEH Clinical Strategy must be implemented as soon as possible.”
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