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North East London Council of Action march against A&E closure at Chase Farm Hospital
More than 100 campaigners marched through Enfield Town today in protest against the closure of Chase Farm Hospital’s accident and emergency service.
The North East London Council of Action organised the protest against the downgrade at the hospital in The Ridgeway, Enfield, which closed its A&E on December 9 last year.
Members of the crowd shouted “reopen the A&E, no more tragedy” as they marched from war memorial on Windmill Hill in Enfield through the town centre and towards the Chase Farm Hospital.
The strike comes following the states of emergency that were declared at Barnet Hospital last month.
Protestor Billy Colvill said: “I think the situation is really serious. The government is closing A&Es all over the country. This is our health service and we have to protect it.
“I grew up in a country that had good facilities everywhere I think we should always have that.”
Vivien Dalling, of Enfield, asked how elderly people who did not drive could get to the new unit at Barnet.
She said: “I have been campaigning against the closure of Chase Farm A&E for the last ten years.
“I’ve been to public meetings and demonstration and I believe it’s not over until it’s over – and this is not the end.”
Georgina Kyriacou, of Enfield, who watched the protest, said supported the marchers because she was forced to go to Barnet Hospital for treatment after she broke her leg.
She said: “I absolutely support them the march because there is no justification for closing down our A&E.
“The people of this area used that service a lot and we want it back.”
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