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    Four hundred people came to Hammersmith Town Hall on a cold Tuesday night (29th November) to hear about the fight against NHS proposals which will force the closure of Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals.

    Health services in the north west of London are already stretched after "Shaping a Healthier Future" (SaHF) plans (2012) resulted in the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals’ A&E departments in September 2014. Ealing lost its maternity unit in 2015 and its children's ward last June.

    In June 2016 local authorities in England were being asked to sign up to Sustainability and Transformation Plans ("STPs") but Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils have refused to do so, saying that this would see the end of their hospitals as major providers of vitally needed blue-light A&Es and acute beds.

    The meeting was chaired by Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Vivienne Lukey, cabinet member for health and adult social care.

  • The public packed into Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday evening to discuss the findings and ramifications of the Independent Healthcare Commission's report. They heard proposals to challenge the vague and uncosted NHS plans to cut A&Es and acute hospitals in NW London. This meeting was the follow-up to the publication of the Mansfield Commission's findings on 2nd December 2015.

    The Leader of the Council, Stephen Cowan, told the meeting that he had started the ball rolling to halt the controversial plans by legal means.

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  • The Mansfield Commission Final Report has been published.

    The key findings are:

    • Cutbacks are being targeted on the most deprived communities
    • The public consultation was inadequate and flawed
    • The escalating cost of the programme (£1bn) does not represent value for money and is a waste of precious public resources
    • There is no business plan to show the reconfiguration is affordable or deliverable
    • NHS facilities have been closed without adequate alternative provision being put in place
    • The plans seriously underestimate the increasing size of the population in North West London and fail to address the increasing need for services.


    The report recommends that: 

    • The programme needs to be halted.
    • Local authorities should consider a legal challenge.
    • Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals must retain full ‘blue light’ A&E services for the foreseeable future
    • The decision to close Ealing maternity unit should be reversed with immediate effect
    • The A&E department at Central Middlesex Hospital should be re-opened
    • The National Audit Office should undertake a review of the value for money of the programme
    • A new public consultation is needed as the proposals have changed significantly
    • Substantial investment should be made in GP and out-of-hospital services, health which are clearly overwhelmed and inconsistent.

    The full report can be read here.

    The presentation at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 2nd December is reported on the website of Hammersmith and Fulham council.

    The publication was well covered in the media, with reports on BBC News website and BBC broadcast London news. Ross Lydall's piece in the Evening Standard can be accessed through Twitter where the sub-head line is: "Scheme to save £1Bn needs £1Bn investment".  Also in GetWestLondon.

    AT LAST!



    Chair Anne Drinkell reports on the local Rally for the NHS

    It was literally standing room only as over 550 people packed in Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday, 10th March 2015 to hear a wide range of speakers passionate in their defence of London's NHS.

    Dr Sandhu, a consultant at Ealing hospital, attacked politicians who are unprepared to acknowledge that there is an A&E crisis, despite the concrete evidence of local ambulance, waiting and transfer time statistics. And this was a mild winter with no flu or outbreaks of infectious diseases to close hospital wards...

    Andy Slaughter, the Hammersmith MP, acknowledged that the statistics were terrible, then went beyond the numbers to describe the human misery he hears about from elderly constituents faced with long A&E waits. He defended staunchly Charing Cross hospital, with its excellent acute service particularly for stroke patients and its medical teaching. And it is a young hospital, built only 40 years ago.

    Dr Louise Irvine reminded the packed audience of the successful campaign she has led for Lewisham hospital and urged people in North West London to mount a similar campaign to defend their hospitals. She also emphasized that the shadowy Transatlantic Trade and Investment "Partnership" represents a long-term threat to the NHS from neo-liberal, multinational corporate predators.

    The platform also included Owen Jones columnist and political commentator whose speech was filled with reason and emotion, Dr Jacky Turner, an East End GP fighting to retain adequate GP coverage in the face of adverse changes in poorer areas to the funding formula for GP surgeries, and Dr Jillian Creasey, the national health spokesperson for the Green Party".

    Supporters who weren't able to attend the meeting can go to YouTube to hear the speeches by Owen Jones; Dr Sandhu and Andy Slaughter.

    The rally was organised by Save Our Hospitals campaigners fighting to save Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals along with the London branch of Keep Our NHS Public.








    GetWestLondon article

    Eight Labour MPs have sent a letter to the secretary of state for health, saying he must stop further hospital closures to prevent a bigger crisis


    West London Labour politicians have sent Jeremy Hunt (pictured) a letter urging him to stop any further hospital closures

    Labour politicians have dramatically urged the government to halt any west London A&E closures in the wake of the current crisis and critical reports of most west London hospital trusts.

    A total of eight west and north west London MPs sent health minister Jeremy Hunt a letter this morning (January 13) strongly asking him to stop any further closures or downgrading of A&E services at hospitals in the area.

    Increasing waiting times and an overload of patients on A&Es across west London are highlighted in the letter in a bid to get Mr Hunt to change current plans under the Shaping a Healthier Future programme, which will include the selling-off of more than half of Charing Cross Hospital and half of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

    Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals’ A&Es were closed in September 2014 as part of the programme.

  • NHS investigates rise in A&E delays since closure of two casualty units

    Updated: 11:55, 21 November 2014

    Northwick Park hospital saw the worst A&E waiting times in the country in the last two weeks of October 

    An independent investigation has been ordered into soaring A&E delays in west London following the closure of two casualty units.

    NHS England is examining whether the decline in performance at Northwick Park and Ealing hospitals is linked to the axing of the A&Es at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex. The probe was requested by local GPs after London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park and Ealing, recorded the worst delays in the country for patients waiting to be treated at main A&Es.


    No decisions on timings have been made yet but it could be any time from next March


    The maternity unit at Ealing Hospital will close as soon as possible, it has been confirmed by the borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    Ealing CCG’s governing body agreed the earlier closure, which could be as soon as March 2015, in a meeting held yesterday (October 9).