No children A&E policy a disgrace - Redbridge council leader

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Redbridge council leader Keith Prince is 'hacked off' at the news. Redbridge council leader Keith Prince is 'hacked off' at the news.

A decision not to take seriously ill and injured children by ambulance to an accident and emergency department earmarked for closure is a disgrace, according to the leader of Redbridge Council.

Earlier this month it emerged young patients are not being admitted to King George Hospital in Goodmayes, which is earmarked for closure next year.

Barking , Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) is ordering children to be taken to a specialist care centre at Queens Hospital in Romford instead.

The move has been criticised by campaigners, including Cllr Andy Walker representing Aldborough ward for Save King George party, who say potential delays in treatment could put patients at risk.

This claim is denied by the trust.

Now Cllr Keith Prince, Conservative leader of Redbridge Council, has criticised the trust for a lack of information.

He said: “I think it is a disgrace.

“We need to look at the medical reasons for why they are doing this. Of course it may be that sometimes it is better that you go another five minutes in an ambulance and get better care.

“But you would have thought they would have explained to us these reasons.

“I am pretty hacked off to be honest.

“We are supposed to be a partnership, and it seems they do not understand the meaning of the word.

“It highlights the issue of closing the A&E and the Conservatives have campaigned against it.

“We are very confident and determined that it will not be allowed it to happen.”

A Care Quality Commission report last year found A&E patients were being put at risk at both BHRUT hospitals due to poor care standards.

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2:36pm Tue 13 May 14

MorrisHickey says...

For once I agree with Cllr Prince. There are times when one has to ask quite seriously whether the primary purpose of the NHS is the welfare of patients or the wellbeing of senior staff.
For once I agree with Cllr Prince. There are times when one has to ask quite seriously whether the primary purpose of the NHS is the welfare of patients or the wellbeing of senior staff. MorrisHickey
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2:57pm Tue 13 May 14

@AndyWalker1945 says...

The evidence is clear, in 2010 BHRUT without consulting Redbridge Cllrs or MPs decided to stop sending "young children and blue light calls" to KGH A&E.
By May 2014, clinical reasoning led to "blue lignt emergency ambulances" only not going to KGH A&E.
When the decision was taken to send young children back to KGH A&E in non-blue light ambulances has not been revealed by BHRUT. This failure to disclose key information by BHRUT is setting a poor example to staff. It just makes people think what are BHRUT hiding?
The evidence is clear, in 2010 BHRUT without consulting Redbridge Cllrs or MPs decided to stop sending "young children and blue light calls" to KGH A&E. By May 2014, clinical reasoning led to "blue lignt emergency ambulances" only not going to KGH A&E. When the decision was taken to send young children back to KGH A&E in non-blue light ambulances has not been revealed by BHRUT. This failure to disclose key information by BHRUT is setting a poor example to staff. It just makes people think what are BHRUT hiding? @AndyWalker1945
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5:23pm Tue 13 May 14

T. Watts says...

"He said: “I think it is a disgrace." "

Yes, I too think it's a disgrace that he has passively supported his beloved Tory health secretary with one cut after the other, which has resulted in this situation - and now, just over a week before local elections is try to play a rather flaccid 'concern local politician' card! Well, the electorate won't fall for it.
"He said: “I think it is a disgrace." " Yes, I too think it's a disgrace that he has passively supported his beloved Tory health secretary with one cut after the other, which has resulted in this situation - and now, just over a week before local elections is try to play a rather flaccid 'concern local politician' card! Well, the electorate won't fall for it. T. Watts
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9:18am Wed 14 May 14

Harry J says...

Strikes me this is more to do with local electioins and posturing than anyhthng to do with the issue of sick children. To suggest ambulance staff wouldn't take an unwell child to the best place for it to get the care it needs is just ridiculous. Romford hospital is best equipped to deal with children who may be very ill so it makes perfect sense to take real emergency cases straight there - that's where I'd want my garnd kiddies taken. Stop playing politics with the NHS.
Strikes me this is more to do with local electioins and posturing than anyhthng to do with the issue of sick children. To suggest ambulance staff wouldn't take an unwell child to the best place for it to get the care it needs is just ridiculous. Romford hospital is best equipped to deal with children who may be very ill so it makes perfect sense to take real emergency cases straight there - that's where I'd want my garnd kiddies taken. Stop playing politics with the NHS. Harry J
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8:49pm Wed 14 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

How much money could be diverted if Keith Prince would stop being ferried around in a gas guzzling Jag Limo. I know his name is prince but please someone tell him he ain't a real one.
How much money could be diverted if Keith Prince would stop being ferried around in a gas guzzling Jag Limo. I know his name is prince but please someone tell him he ain't a real one. Villagecranberry
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9:32pm Wed 14 May 14

@AndyWalker1945 says...

Harry J: It did happen and may still be happening the BHRUT ambulance letter is dated 15.01.11 and is at http://savekinggeorg
ehospital.wordpress.
com/2014/05/08/do-kg
h-consultant-pediatr
icians-support-this/

and shows that young children banned from going to KGH A&E regardless of clinical need.
Harry J: It did happen and may still be happening the BHRUT ambulance letter is dated 15.01.11 and is at http://savekinggeorg ehospital.wordpress. com/2014/05/08/do-kg h-consultant-pediatr icians-support-this/ and shows that young children banned from going to KGH A&E regardless of clinical need. @AndyWalker1945
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