U turn on A&E closure

  ronalddonald 17:07 29 Apr 10
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But for how long, you know and i know its been doen because of May the 6th what a creep the health secretary is.

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If labour wins how do i know if in the next couple of years reverses the decision again and closes for poli clinics

  ronalddonald 17:16 29 Apr 10

I just realized hes also considering closing down Maternity and neonatal ive heard from a friend seems no mention here as they are still discussing it and also theres Northwick Park Hospital they are planning to hit

  Forum Editor 18:54 29 Apr 10

about the situation before you go any further.

Calling the Health Secretary 'a creep' isn't particularly clever. The moves to close the Whittington's A&E department wasn't initiated by him, it's an NHS matter, and was proposed as part of a wider, 4 year plan that involves other London hospitals.

  anchor 15:59 01 May 10

It seems rather coincidence that the decision to halt the closure was taken less than 2 weeks before the general election. Perhaps I am being cynical.

However, the threat to other London A&E`s remain.

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These will be raplced by Polyclinics, which are little more than GP surgeries.

God help us!.

  octal 17:03 01 May 10

Those of us that were around when the NHS was first introduced will remember all the little cottage hospitals that were around at the time, in fact when I started working in the NHS in 1991 there where two smaller hospitals that was merged into the main acute hospital. Now we seemed to be going full circle and getting back what amounts to the cottage hospitals in the form of Polyclinics which basically are going to do the same as what those old cottage hospitals used to do. As they say, what goes around comes around.

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