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Reconfiguration must not go ahead says Cllr Taylor

Published Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Today managers from NHS Enfield look set to approve plans to downgrade Chase Farm Hospital.

The plans include moving maternity and children's services to Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals, closing Chase Farm's 24-hour A&E department, and replacing it with an urgent care centre.
The report, which will be considered today, advises that the four tests laid down by health secretary Andrew Lansley have been met, and that reconfiguration can begin.
Cllr Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council said, "Enfield Council's position on this is clear; the Secretary of State has set four tests which have not been met. He is able to tell NHS London if they get it wrong to think again, if they approve the changes that is what he should do.
"The Council remains fully opposed to this reconfiguration. I do not see how the NHS London Board can conclude that the four tests have been met. To do so would be to wholly ignore the opinion and representations made by Enfield."

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