Iain Duncan Smith calls on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to reverse decision by predecessor to close services at King George Hospital

Iain Duncan Smith, front with Lee Scott MP and Cllr Ruth Clark, and campaigners calling for services at King George to be saved

Iain Duncan Smith, front with Lee Scott MP and Cllr Ruth Clark, and campaigners calling for services at King George to be saved

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IAIN Duncan Smith has renewed his call for a cabinet colleague to reverse a decision to close services at Redbridge's only general hospital.

Former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley rubberstamped the a plan to remove A&E and maternity services at King George Hospital earlier this year.

Now Mr Duncan Smith, a long-term critic of the move, has called on his successor, Jeremy Hunt, to reverse the decision.

During a meeting with campaigners at the hospital today the Chingford and Woodford Green MP said: ""The idea that we could possibly survive without these services in the current climate is ridiculous.

"I have written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt before and will write to him again.

"We need to keep the maternity and A&E units at King George open."

The maternity service at King George Hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, is earmarked for closure early next year.

No date has been set for the closure of the A&E department.

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3:12pm Sat 24 Nov 12

stickmanny says...

What inner struggles IDS must be having. He has to oppose this closure to ensure his seat, yet his party has all but secured the end of the NHS.

He should resign.
What inner struggles IDS must be having. He has to oppose this closure to ensure his seat, yet his party has all but secured the end of the NHS. He should resign. stickmanny
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