Drawing together NHS and other public body facts for Jan 2012 - Jan 2017
it concludes that we cannot afford to close any more Type 1, blue light A&Es
as there are an insufficient number at present and they are barely coping
- and are on downward trend.
Save Our Hospitals to meet Dr Tracey Batten, CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust on Wed 17th September
At the Public Board meeting held on 30th July 2014 "Save Our Hospitals" Chair, cure Merril Hammer, stood up at the end and made a public invitation to the CEO of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Tracey Batten. She asked Dr Batten to meet with representatives from SOH to hear their concerns and to "engage" with the full range of issues raised by the proposed reorganisation of health services in north-west London, and especially the closure of 4 out of 9 A&E departments in this zone, and the eventual closure of Charing Cross Hospital as an acute hospital, and its replacement with a much small "cottage" hospital.
A date has been announced for this private meeting: Wednesday 17th September. We think that this is the first time that a CEO of an NHS Trust has met with anti-closures campaigners in this setting. We are hopeful that the private meeting will allow a more wide-ranging and less politicized discussion than has so far been the case.
We are grateful to Dr Batten for finding time to meet us.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust's rocky finances: overspends to cause ITU beds closure at Hammersmith Hospital
Revealed: Memo which shows financial crisis at NHS Trust closing A&E services in west London
Hammersmith Hospital: Replaced with a 24-hour “urgent care centre”
A boss at the NHS trust that today shut a leading west London A&E department has issued a stark warning about the “awful” state of its finances.
In an internal memo titled “Finances — urgh!” Professor Jamil Mamet, who heads the surgery and cancer division of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said it had overspent by £1.8?million in July alone on the back of similar overspends in April and May,
The July 15 memo threatens the scrapping of the trust’s application for self-governing “foundation” status, partially independent from the NHS, if the situation does not improve. It also outlines tough measures to curb spending including “closure of unfunded ITU [intensive care] beds at HH [Hammersmith Hospital]. Three beds to close now and two beds next week”.
The memo, seen by the Standard, says: “I’m sorry to report that our Divisional and Trust finances are awful this month?...?What has become clear this month is that we don’t have adequate control of our spending.”
The accident and emergency unit at Hammersmith Hospital was today replaced with a 24-hour “urgent care centre” which will only be able to deal with walk-in patients. Another A&E unit at Central Middlesex hospital in Acton also closed today.
Hammersmith and Fulham’s Labour council leader Steve Cowan said: “With one side of their mouth Imperial are telling the Care Quality Commission inspectors that they’re fit and ready to take on the new freedoms that go with foundation hospital status.
“But with the other, they’re telling clinicians and nurses that their finances are so ‘awful’ they will have to halt important hospital care and consider withdrawing their application for foundation status. This is further evidence of Imperial’s critical weaknesses. They now need to come clean about the true state of their finances.”
A spokeswoman for the trust said no intensive care beds at Hammersmith Hospital had been closed because of cash shortages but they had been “reconfigured” so that the unit “works more efficiently”. She also claimed the Foundation Trust application was still on track. She said: “The division has been working hard to bring its budget into line by careful focus on initiatives to increase efficiency while maintaining the quality of care.”
Activists today gathered outside Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals to protest the A&E closures.
People's March for the NHS Sat 6th September
On 6th September 2014 Save Our Hospitals campaigners assembled at Lyric Square for a "Die-In" - which might happen if A&Es are closed indiscriminately. They traveled in an open-top bus to central London, rx walked with the marchers on the last section and joined the huge rally in Trafalgar Square. I have included some memorable pictures of the "People's March for the NHS" below, doctor and more can be found in the " Campaign Gallery" of the "Campaign" tab in the top menu.
Officially estimated at 5,000 demonstrators, the last stage of the Jarrow to London march assembled at Red Lion Square before walking noisily and with placards and banners displayed front, back and above for the world's cameras. Unison had their huge purple balloons floating overhead. The crowd packed Trafalgar Square for speeches from the "Darlomum" Joanna Adams, Andy Burnham (shadow Sec of State for Health), Onkar Sahota (London Assembly member), Diane Abbott MP, Dr Clive Peedell who is co-founder of the National Health Action Party and Dr Louise Irvine of Save Lewisham Hospital campaign and also on the BMA council, Owen Jones of the "People's Assembly", David Babbs of 38Degrees, Clive Efford MP (who is tabling a private member's bill to repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act) and our own Andy Slaughter, who reminded us that the campaign in West London to save Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals' A&E departments (and the whole of Charing Cross in due course!) had brought closures and budget cuts in the NHS right up the political agenda, in time for the May 2015 election. SOH chair Merril Hammer, voice shaking with emotion, declared to the audience's delight that "Save Our Hospitals" had "sunk the Tory flagship borough, Hammersmith and Fulham", at the local elections on 22nd May 2014.
"Save Our Hospitals" campaigners were among the "best dressed" and their Walking Wounded were the "best made-up" demonstrators. Billy Bragg roused us all to join him as he sang: "And I will walk five hundred miles....."
Pictures of us were tweeted around the world, I am told.
The day started with a "Die-In" at Lyric Square for Save Our Hospitals campaigners
Save Our Hospitals' banner among a sea of anti-cuts placards and protestors
The view from the stage in Trafalgar Square
The "Walking Wounded" Mike Jupp and Una Hodgkins
Andy Slaughter MP with SOH and anti-austerity demonstators
For a recording of the speeches and the songs, including Billy Bragg, please follow this link.
London Live interview with Save Our Hospitals 5th September 2014
Please see follow this link to watch Anne Drinkell explain Save Our Hospitals' concerns to London Live this morning.
The current STP is the Oct 2016 version. In January 2017 the finance spreadsheets and the Delivery Plan were obtained by FOI. They reveal job cuts of 8,000, outpatients cuts of 222K, planned admissions cuts of 50K and A&E admissions cuts of 64K cumulatively by 2020/21. 500-600 beds will be cut by end March 2021.
People's Inquiry into NW London NHS - commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC
The Inquiry's findings have been published on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. The full report can be accessed here.
“Deeply flawed hospital plans must be halted immediately” says Michael Mansfield QC
Please click here to read the Save Our Hospitals submission.
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