The council has committed to lobbying key officials to address concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission over the standards of care in maternity services at Queen’s Hospital, and the level of staffing. We also have concerns over the waiting times at Accident and Emergency and the ability of the hospital to cope with the demand.
The council are also lobbying for the opening of the birthing unit in Barking, for which the facilities are already in place. This would help to accommodate the rising number of births, and to additionally raise standards of care
We will oppose any proposal to turn the Accident and Emergencies department at King George’s Hospital into an urgent care facility until there has been a sustained improvement at Queen’s hospital.
Dagenham East Community Hospital
The council are also calling for progress to be made on the commitments to Dagenham East Community Hospital. This new hospital will provide much needed close to home services for the Borough, and remove some of the pressure from other hospitals.