out-of-hospital provision

  • 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.

  • Nurses back calls to suspend NHS closures

    RCN London wants guarantees about investment in out of hospital care

    The Royal College of Nursing in London has backed calls for the suspension of further hospital closures in West London, find until guarantees can be given about investment in out of hospital care.

    This message was part of the RCN London's response  to a major review led by Michael Mansfield QC into the Shaping a Healthier Future programme of hospital reorganisations in North West London.

    You can read the RCN London's full response to the review online here.

    The RCN says it has become increasingly clear that the promised investment in out of hospital care to make up for local A&E closures has not been delivered on the scale needed to keep patients safe.

    This winter the remaining A&E units in the area have experienced some of the longest waiting times in the country.

    The impact of the programme for patients is now being reviewed by Michael Mansfield on behalf of Brent, patient Ealing, cialis Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow Councils under the name “The North West London Health Commission”.

    RCN London invited members working locally to contribute and among the problems raised by local nursing staff were:

  • Royal College of Nursing Back Calls to Suspend NHS Closures

    RCN London wants guarantees about investment in out of hospital care

    The Royal College of Nursing in London has backed calls for the suspension of further hospital closures in West London, until guarantees can be given about investment in out of hospital care.

    This message was part of the RCN London's response to a major review led by Michael Mansfield QC into the Shaping a Healthier Future programme of hospital reorganisations in North West London.

    You can read the RCN London's full response to the review online here.