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Enfield Council given one month to save hospital services

Published Friday, 11 March 2011

Yesterday Cllr Doug Taylor, the Leader of Enfield Council, met Andrew Lansley at the Department of Health to press home his concerns about the closure of the 24 hour A&E and maternity unit of Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.

During talks the Minister made it clear that he had neither accepted nor rejected that the 'four tests' had been met as regards the closure, but crucially asked Enfield Council to lead and come back to him with a fresh look at essential services .

Cllr Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council said "Mr Lansley has given us four weeks to put forward alternatives to the closure of Chase Farm's A&E and maternity unit, but at the end of the day the final decision remains with the Secretary of State. We can only make the case.

"We will ensure that the aspirations of local people for high quality, accessible NHS funded and delivered local health services at both Chase Farm and North Middlesex Hospitals are central to what we present back to the Secretary of State.

"We sincerely hope that Andrew Lansley will genuinely listen to the voice of the people of Enfield". 

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