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Can you hear us Mr Lansley?

Published Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Enfield Council submits report to save services at Chase Farm Hospital.

A report from Enfield Council has now been submitted to Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, urging him to:
- ensure provision of hospital services meets local needs
- guarantee the long term security and viability of both Chase Farm and North Middlesex hospitals in Enfield.

Andrew Lansley asked Enfield Council and local MPs to create alternative and innovative options to the Barnet, Enfield & Haringey (BEH) Clinical Strategy.

Over the last four weeks Enfield Council has brought together a wide range of residents, local GPs and interest groups in a series of meetings to gather views about the future of Enfield's hospitals. 

Council Leader Doug Taylor said, "The people of Enfield have spoken out clearly.  Any proposals that do not ensure that 24/7 consultant led accident & emergency services and consultant led women's and children's led services are retained at both hospitals will not satisfy public opinion."

The report's recommendations for the future of Chase Farm and North Middlesex hospitals include:
- Reviewing the funding formula for local PCTs to ensure the future financial sustainability of NHS services in Enfield
- Setting up a joint working arrangements to address workforce concerns, clinical issues and maximise patient services and patient choices
- Secure revenue and capital receipts from the Chase Farm site for reinvestment in frontline services in Enfield and at Chase Farm.

Doug Taylor said, "Adequate funding must be made available by Central Government to meet the needs of our growing population.  There is always a financial issue for ensuring adequate services and Enfield deserves better.

"I would also urge the Secretary of State to use the data produced by Barnet and Chase Farm Trust on the viability of keeping full consultant led services on both Chase Farm and North Middlesex sites.  The report itself does not include all necessary figures for a full analysis. 

"The Secretary of State asked Enfield Council to engage with the local people, and Enfield's residents to make their voices heard.  We have fulfilled our side of the bargain, its now time for Andrew Lansley to act on their wishes and ensure the viable future of both our hospitals."

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