Thursday, 5 November 2009

Save King George Hospital

There will be a Protest on Barley Lane by the entrance to King George Hospital in response to the recent fit for the Future proposal set by the BHR trust. The protest will be held on the 21st November 2009 from 12:00 - 14:00. We would like people to come along and to bring banners and posters and chants that we can shout. If you would like to get involved in other ways please make contact.
The "Fit for the Future" proposal if successfully ratified - would see the demise of the existing A&E facility and would inevitably lead to the eradication of any hospital facility at Goodmayes.

Our protest against the proposal will focus on the following issues:

We believe the high density of Redbridge requires a hospital facility. The facility at Queens is very small and always full to capacity just as King Georges and Whipps Cross are. How could any reduction make sense?

the longer journey to accident and emergency service departments at Whipps Cross and Queens Hospital would increase fatality rates. A study of mortality rates (Emergency Medicine Journal) correlated against journey times to emergency services for fatal injuries concluded:

"Increased journey distance to hospital appears to be associated with increased risk of mortality. Our data suggest that a 10-km increase in straight-line distance is associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality"

We believe that the large number of ethnic minorities in the area susceptible to conditions such as strokes, heart attacks and diabetes - makes it imperative that we should retain A&E facility locally.

We also believe that the local doctors that support the scheme may have a common form of employer bias and that doctors outside of the NHS should be consulted. Why not consult with the doctors at the local BUPA hospital...?

If anyone would like to get involved with organising the protest they can contact Wilson Chowdhry by calling 020 8514 0861 or by emailing

Kind regards



  1. I have very strong reservations about any campaign that appears to be on behalf of identified sections of the community when the matters of complaint apply to the whole community. I am unaware of any evidence that identifies a higher incidence of strokes, heart attacks and diabetes as occurring more amongst "ethnic minorities" than they do among the "indiginous" population.

    Wilson might like to give further consideration to what he has said - I don't want to see one of my local Hainault ward councillors crawling all over it.

  2. It would appear that Mr Chowdhry has copied and pasted the above post from his own Green party blog forgetting to tailor the content for a non-party political site. I have therefore amended the opening sentence – slightly.

    I do recall reading somewhere, but would have to check, that there is a higher than average rate of such conditions in the south of Ilford but I do not recall it being ascribed to the ethnic population. Perhaps Mr Chowdhry could provide a reference.

    There is a meeting hosted by the Ilford North MP on 18th November, 7-8:30pm at the Holiday Inn Newbury Park on this very subject.

    I would remind members that while this is an open site, there is an informal etiquette to be adhered to.

  3. I have also just noticed a somewhat fundamental error of geography. King George Hospital is in BARLEY Lane, NOT Goodmayes Lane!!!

  4. I see Redbridge Eye has now further amended with the correct location. Thanks.

  5. Quite right Mr Hickey. I have taken the liberty to make said amendment, but Mr Chowdhry will have to do it on his own blog.

  6. Hi Morris and Redbridge Eye,
    It is proven that strokes and heart conditions are significantly more profound in Asian and Black communities Learn more at this website

    I have not had to much time to search however the web link attached below purports that if you are White and over 40, you have a high risk of diabetes, whereas, if you are Black or Asian that high risk starts from 25.

    This would suggest that I was right in my initial estimation. I also remember this topic being highlighted on the BBC last year and our PCT have written a rather lengthy report on the fact that Asian and Black people have a higher risk of strokes and diabetes in a recent survey that was to be used to facilitate better services.
    I say this with no malice but to point our factual reasons for the retention of an A&E facility at King George.

  7. So would not the case for retention be even more convincing by including ALL people of ALL ages and ALL races? That is MY understanding of SOCIAL INCLUSION.

  8. I agree, I am just highlighting the fact that there are people that are more susceptible to Strokes and Diabetes and significantly so (I assume Mr Hickey now accepts this statement – he adamantly deplored earlier?). Hence to move emergency services from an area where such people are concentrated would be rather dangerous. This was not a call for better service for minority groups just a call to recognize that these particular concerns exist. I am certain White, Black, Asian and Oriental people would benefit from A&E facilities and that is what I am campaigning for. Irrespective of whether people within those classifications are women, men, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Homosexual, heterosexual or any other diversity...?

  9. Wilson's heart is in the right place and it is a shame he does not listen to the voice of experience. (Morris)
    Wilson, there is such a thing as constructive criticism and you should grab it with thanks.

  10. A well attended meeting was also held on the previous Wednesday, 18 November, at the Holiday Inn, Newbury Park organised by Lee Scott (Conservative MP for Ilford North) ably chaired by Chris Carter (Editor, Ilford Recorder) and addressed by the Chief Excutive and others from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Primary Care Trust. It hardly filled me with optimism.