Casualty unit to face axe after all

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Casualty unit to face axe after all

Hospital campaigners have been left disappointed and "feeling cheated" after the Government announced it would not overturn a controversial Conservative decision to close part of a London hospital.

Alan Milburn, Minister of State for Health, yesterday announced a review of services at Edgware Hospital - but insisted the closed Accident and Emergency unit would not be reopened.

The future of Edgware Hospital erupted onto the political stage last year when local MPs Hugh Dykes and Sir John Gorst (pictured) threatened to resign the Tory whip and end John Mayor's majority in the Commons if the casualty unit was closed. Both MPs lost their seats at the general election.