The NHS Whipps Cross Health and Care Services Strategy, dated October 2020, made clear that proposals to reduce hospital beds and the overall space of the hospital are based on "improved integrated working"; with both NHS primary care and the local authorities – including Redbridge Council.
Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment – Now at Outline Planning Stage
The project has now progressed to the outline planning stage, the application having been submitted to Waltham Forest planning department. The Redbridge LibDem team have responded to the request for representations using amongst other things responses to the recent resident Whip Cross Transport Survey.
See the updated survey page for the details.
Whipps Cross Hospital Redevelopment – are we ‘buying’ it?
The Wanstead Guardian reported on 18 March that Redbridge councillors ‘are “simply not buying” claims a new hospital will be able to support a growing population with fewer beds.’ Councillors have agreed to seek an independent assessment of the case for having 51 fewer beds in the new hospital. See:
The NHS Whipps Cross Health and Care Services Strategy, dated October 2020, made clear that the proposals to reduce hospital beds and the overall space of the hospital are based on "improved integrated working" with both NHS primary care and the local authorities – including Redbridge Council.
Sadly, it seems that Redbridge Council has only lately woken up to the fact that the proposals assume a greater role for social care.
There are legitimate questions around –
- whether the public will accept having much less access to the Emergency Department in future, even if alternative services are in place?
- whether the public’s willingness to have virtual consultations during a pandemic will be the same for the long-term future? Professional bodies have raised concerns about over-reliance on virtual consultations.
Mohammed Uddin is our candidate in Loxford. Mohammed has lived in Redbridge since 2015 and has been a community and social activist for over 40 years. Naveed Akbar, who has lived in Redbridge since 2000, will be standing in Seven Kings. He has previously stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in East London.
Elmhurst Gardens Bowling Club Closure: Churchfields Liberal Democrats oppose the secrecy and lack of public involvement in this process. An urgent petition organised by Gwyneth Deakins (Churchfields Focus Team & Redbridge Chair):