“Deeply flawed hospital plans must be halted immediately” says Michael Mansfield QC

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.