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Cllr Doug Taylor talks tough on health

Published Monday, 17 January 2011

Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council, will be meeting with health boss Andrew Lansley on the 7th March to demand answers about the future of Chase Farm Hospital.

Cllr Taylor is resolute that the four tests, set by Mr Lansley, and by which he will judge whether reconfiguration will go ahead at Chase Farm Hospital, have not been met.

These tests were:
 Engagement and support from GP commissioners:
 Strengthened public and patient engagement;
 Clarity on the clinical evidence base
 Consistency with current and future patient choice.

With news that Chief Executive Averil Dongworth is leaving the trust following closely behind Rachel Tyndall, Chief Executive for NHS North Central London, the future for the hospital has never been more uncertain.

Cllr Doug Taylor said "Although Andrew Lansley has gone on record to say that nothing has been clearly decided regarding the future of Chase Farm Hospital, I now want to press him for concrete answers and a decision.

"The threat of the closure of the 24 hour A&E, and the midwifery services at Chase Farm has been haunting Enfield residents for far too long.

"It is almost universally understood that Barnet and North Middlesex Hospital are struggling to cope with the patients they receive currently, especially during peak admission times such as evenings and weekends. I am not sure how they can be expected to cope with additional patients that would come from Enfield.

"I believe that the criteria for these four tests have not been met, and as such no reconfiguration should take place.

"I am very positive about this meeting, and want to make it clear that until more research is carried out, and further consultation, no changes should be made to any services. Mr Lansley will hear this view from me very clearly.

"I am there to get answers."

In addition, in the Cabinet meeting of the 19th January Cabinet Members will be considering a report on the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy Review. Cllr Taylor will be making it clear at this meeting that Enfield Council's position is that these four tests have not been met.

The meeting with Andrew Lansley has been arranged by Nick De Bois MP.

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