We win Review of Hospital Closures! (Feb 2013)

Campaign wins review of hospital closure decision

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt today agreed to refer last week’s decision to close the A&E departments at Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals for independent review.

The unexpected but welcome announcement came at Health Questions in the House of Commons.  Mr Hunt was responding to a question from Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith and Secretary of the Save our Hospitals Campaign:

Mr Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith) (Lab):

‘Last week’s decision to close four north-west London A& Es, including Charing Cross and Hammersmith in my constituency, will shortly be on the Secretary of State’s desk, as he predicts. It was referred by Labour Ealing council because Tory Hammersmith and Fulham council supports the closures. Will the Secretary of State refer the matter for independent review? This is the biggest hospital closure programme in the history of the NHS. It will see a world-class hospital downgraded to 3% of its size.’

Mr Jeremy Hunt:

‘I am aware how concerned people are throughout north-west London about the proposals. If the matter is referred to me by Ealing council, I will indeed ask the independent reconfiguration panel for its independent view on the proposals.’

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Betrayed by a Council who have given up the fight

LBHF voted this week to BACK NHS Closure Plans for CHARING CROSS!

Wed 27th February  6.30pm  

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Charing Cross to be demolished

Yesterday the NHS North West London decided to close A&E departments at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals.

The decisions were rubber stamped yesterday afternoon, at a packed and angry meeting, by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts. They are identical to the preferred option set out in their proposals published last June. 2 million west London residents are affected by the closures and 100,000 have already signed petitions opposing the closures.

Yesterday’s decisions mean:

A&E departments at Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals will close.

Charing Cross Hospital will be demolished and most of the site sold for private development. NHS use of the site will be 3% of current levels. All 500 beds at Charing Cross will go and all acute services will be lost.

Hammersmith Hospital will remain a specialist hospital but with no A&E.

After the A&E closures there will only be an ‘urgent care centre’ (UCC) remaining at each of the four hospitals.  UCCs are described in the papers for today’s meeting as ‘staffed by at least one GP at all times’ and ‘able to treat minor injuries (including minor fractures) in addition to minor illnesses’

Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is considering also closing the UCC at Hammersmith Hospital and moving it to elsewhere.

A late recommendation suggests Hammersmith & Fulham CCG could look at retaining some community and treatment services on the Charing Cross site. This is subject to a further six-month review, would lead to a maximum 13% use of the site compared to current activity and would include no acute services.

All blue light emergencies would be diverted to other hospitals, which are already at capacity and exceed waiting time targets for A&E.

There will be no A&E in the London boroughs of Hammersmith, Ealing or Brent, which together have a population the size of Leeds.

Following today’s decision Ealing Council intends to refer the closures to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, for review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. They also intend to launch judicial review proceedings. Hammersmith & Fulham Council has betrayed its residents by withdrawing support for the hospitals and falsely claiming that Charing Cross Hospital has been ‘saved’.

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NHS announces closure of A&E and acute services at four west London hospitals

Charing Cross will close as a major hospital and all four threatened A&E departments will also be shut down, search NW London NHS announced this morning.

The decision to go ahead with the closures almost exactly as proposed last July came as no surprise following the phoney consultation exercise and leak of the plans a week ago.  But the news is still devastating for two million Londoners who will now face a second-class health service unless the plans are overturned by the Secretary of State.

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