Chase Farm decision questioned by Enfield Health Panel
Published Tuesday, 27 September 2011
The news that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has decided to close Chase Farm Hospital’s A&E and maternity units has been condemned by the Chair of Enfield Council's Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu.
Cllr Cazimoglu said Like the majority of local residents I am stunned and saddened by the decision made by Andrew Lansley to close A&E and maternity at Chase Farm and allow the hospital to be taken over by the North Middlesex Hospital, this is a continuation of broken promises made by both Mr Lansley and David Cameron.
They have ignored the views of local people and elected representatives in Enfield, and their decision will have devastating consequences for health services in this borough. The Council has worked extremely hard to save Chase Farm by looking at every possible alternative; we moved heaven and earth to put a viable proposal to Mr Lansley, for him then to ignore it.
There are fears that primary care in Enfield is underfunded to the tune of £70million and that the North Middlesex Hospital will not be able to cope with the influx of extra patients from Chase Farm because there is no effective way of providing non emergency medical care in the borough.
In addition, the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel is extremely worried about the North Middlesex Hospitals ability to pay off its huge debts due to the massive cuts made by the Government to health services.
Cllr Cazimoglu continued: Residents of Enfield have also been short changed by central Government funding, and there have been a number of abortive attempts to resolve the budget gap between what Enfield residents require and what is being made available. Simply put the Government needs to provide the money for the health services that our residents need and deserve.
This is all the more urgent as the lack of resources makes it impossible to meet our request, which was also recommended by the Independent Review Panel, that primary care should be developed and seen to be working prior to any changes in hospital services.
A final blow to residents was that Andrew Lansley did not even refer to Enfield Councils recommendation requesting that action to safeguard receipts (revenue and capital) from the Chase Farm site for re-investment in front line NHS services in Enfield and Chase Farm.
Residents will pay dearly when they lose their maternity and A&E from Chase Farm, and the Council will continue to fight this ill thought out and disastrous decision.
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