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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.

  • Please come to a public meeting at 7pm at Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday 29th November to hear and discuss the response of H&F Council to the latest proposals for cuts in health services in NW London called the "Sustainability and Transformation Plan" or STP.

    The plan involves a complete upheaval of every service, from community care to mental health services to GPs to A&E departments to acute beds in the major hospitals, in NW London. The central aim of the plan is, we are told, to save money: a staggering £1.3 billion over the period to April 2021.

    Hammersmith and Fulham Council strongly opposes the STP and has voiced its opposition to the NHS bodies concerned.

  • After 2 years' campaigning “Save Our Hospitals” supporters get Imperial CEO to listen to concerns but call for a new public consultation is ignored

    For over an hour and a half Dr Tracey Batten, Professor Chris Harrison, the Medical Director and Steve McManus, Chief Operating Officer fielded questions which SOH presented directly to them on behalf of patients and the public, covering the plans for services, including the three main hospitals in the Imperial group, and the future of the Trust itself.

    Repeatedly referring to the consultation document “Shaping a Healthier Future”, Dr Batten insisted that the proposals were the guiding principles for the future of the Trust. She stressed the role of the PCTs – now CCGs – in embracing SaHF. And she insisted that the Trust would be ready and financially fit to seek Foundation status next year.

    Life-threatening cases at UCC's: The care to be offered at a UCC seems to depend on where it is located. Dr Batten confirmed that the UCC at Hammersmith Hospital, for example, would be able to offer (some) consultants, investigative equipment (MRI, CT, X-ray), blood tests. Stand-alone UCCs with only “emergency-trained” G Ps would not. G Ps would do barely more than triage the urgent cases which they couldn't treat. And they would not be employed by Imperial, so legal liability for potential negligence claims is uncertain.