The last attempt by protesters to save Chase Farm hospital's accident and emergency ward will take place tomorrow

This Is Local London: Last gasp attempt to save Chase Farm Hospital's accident and emergency Last gasp attempt to save Chase Farm Hospital's accident and emergency

Campaigners are making a last ditch attempt to save Chase Farm Hospital’s accident and emergency ward this weekend.

An occupation of Chase Farm’s A&E in The Ridgeway, Enfield has been organised by campaign group North East London Council of Action (NELCA) on Saturday, December 7.

The group have already staged numerous protests including a march on October 26, and a failed occupation of the maternity ward last month.

A&E services are due to close on Monday, December 9, with the maternity unit already closing on November 20.

Protesters will gather at 1pm at Enfield Town War memorial in Windmill Hill and march to the hospital.

NELCA will also be staging a mass picket outside hospital from 8am until 2pm today.

Services at the Enfield hospital are being downgraded as part of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey strategy to streamline services from Chase Farm, Barnet Hospital in Wellhouse Lane, and North Middlesex University Hospital in Sterling Way, Enfield.

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1:11pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Jon10 says...

I hope this atempt fails.

We save far more lives by having larger A&E departments, despite the longer ambulance journeys.

Blue-light A&Es do not need to be local. Other servicaes can be.

But the change has to be properly funded, which is where the doubts creep in.
I hope this atempt fails. We save far more lives by having larger A&E departments, despite the longer ambulance journeys. Blue-light A&Es do not need to be local. Other servicaes can be. But the change has to be properly funded, which is where the doubts creep in. Jon10

3:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bakers arms says...

I’ve got nothing against these protestors and they have a right to protest. Their hearts are in the right place and their dogged persistence in the face of the inevitable is quite staggering. However, this occupation business is a complete nonsense. It’s totally inappropriate to even attempt to protest inside a functioning hospital building. This is a place for medical professionals doing life saving work, and for patients and their relatives, many of whom are undergoing hugely stressful and traumatic ordeals.
I’ve got nothing against these protestors and they have a right to protest. Their hearts are in the right place and their dogged persistence in the face of the inevitable is quite staggering. However, this occupation business is a complete nonsense. It’s totally inappropriate to even attempt to protest inside a functioning hospital building. This is a place for medical professionals doing life saving work, and for patients and their relatives, many of whom are undergoing hugely stressful and traumatic ordeals. bakers arms

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