Review of the year - November

Enfield Independent: Chase Farm Hospital closed its maternity ward in  November Chase Farm Hospital closed its maternity ward in November

November saw the end of an era in Enfield as the last babies were born at Chase Farm Hospital.

Enfield Borough Council’s attempt to save A&E and maternity services by seeking judicial review to prevent the downgrade of the hospital was rejected in the High Court.

The hospital now has an urgent care centre, but despite one last attempt by protesters to occupy the maternity ward, it eventually closed on November 21.

Also in November, four accidents in five days on M25 Enfield junction caused Enfield North MP Nick de Bois to write a letter to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin calling for an investigation.

One person died and others were left seriously injured as a result of the accidents. The MP has not yet received a reply.

Enfield Over 50s Forum launched a petition to increase the level of healthcare funding in the borough. They will present their petition to the Health Secretary in December.

A care worker was fined and given a suspended prison sentence for leaving a 99-year-old woman with a broken leg for five days before calling an ambulance.

Shyla Reddy, 61, left Lydia Riddler for nearly a week with the injury in 2011. Ms Riddler died five days later as a result of the injuries.

It was also announced that Enfield is piloting a scheme in which cameras are set up outside schools  to record the number plates of cars parked illegally for more than three seconds.

Many parents support the idea, but a decision has yet to be made on its future.

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