Enfield North MP Nick de Bois joined his Labour counterpart Andy Love, Edmonton MP to vote against the care bill

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois voted against clause 119 of care bill

Enfield North MP Nick de Bois voted against clause 119 of care bill

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Two Enfield MPs have voted against a care bill that would enable the government to downgrade or close a hospital without consultation.

Clause 119 of the Care Bill allows administrators not to consult local groups or clinicians when making a decision to shut down or downgrade a hospital.

The Conservative Enfield North Nick de Bois voted against his party and sided with Edmonton's Labour MP Andy Love for a Labour amendment to scrap the clause.

The bill was passed but Mr de Bois said he could not vote for a bill which diminished the influence of the people of Enfield over healthcare in the borough.

He added: “I believe that NHS patients and the public suffer if we do not deal effectively with rare failures in our health service, but I do not believe that this clause advances that cause when balanced against the need for genuine consultation with the public.

"When I spoke in the House of Commons explaining why I could not support the Government on this measure it was not well received.

"However I was not going to vote for a proposal that would allow a change to healthcare services with a reduced level of consultation with local residents and local clinical professionals.

"Although the government did make some useful concessions I was confident the majority of my constituents would support this move."

Royal Free Hospital is set to take over the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust which has a deficit of nearly £17million.

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