Hounslow

  • Councils and residents close ranks to fight 'new ploy' to close Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals

     

     

    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.

  • Hounslow Council :Unanimous support for services to stay at Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals

    Paul Williams Fri, Nov 25, 2016 - Chiswick Herald
     
    At the Borough Council meeting held on Tuesday 22nd November 2016, Hounslow Council passed a motion tabled by the Labour administration to reaffirm the Council’s support for acute services including A&E to remain at both Ealing Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital.

    The motion, seconded by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, was fully supported by the Tory group and refers to a statement recently released by five west London borough councils (Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Harrow and Brent) acknowledging the serious concerns raised by Ealing Council and Hammersmith and Fulham Council with regard to the threat of closure of their A&Es.


    Reacting after the meeting, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran, said: “I am delighted that the Tory opposition group fully supported our motion and it will send out a clear message of solidarity with our neighbouring boroughs.

    It is essential that both local government and the NHS work together collaboratively, especially at a time of financial cuts imposed by the Tory government, to ensure that we provide the best possible service for our residents, particularly those groups more at risk, such as the elderly.”