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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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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Following the announcement  on 2nd July 2012 that the Joint Committee of North West London Primary Care Trusts was consulting on hospital closures across west London, over 250 concerned residents attended a meeting chaired by Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith, and decided to launch this campaign. The domain name is registered to Andy Slaughter MP and he continues to pay the annual fee and hosting charges for the site.