Blooming Healthy day at Charing Cross Hospital 9th May 2014
Cuts to NHS acute services required by "Sustainability and Transformation Plans"
are a huge election issue - the future of Charing Cross Hospital is threatened after 2021.
Please remember on Thursday 8th June:
by Dr Sandhu, Ealing Hospital
Published in April 2017 by Centre for Health and the Public Interest
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.
Charing Cross Hospital will be demolished and most of the site sold for private development. NHS use of the site will be 3% of current levels. All 500 beds at Charing Cross will go and all acute services will be lost.
Hammersmith Hospital will remain a specialist hospital but with no A&E.
After the A&E closures there will only be an ‘urgent care centre’ (UCC) remaining at each of the four hospitals. UCCs are described in the papers for today’s meeting as ‘staffed by at least one GP at all times’ and ‘able to treat minor injuries (including minor fractures) in addition to minor illnesses’
Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is considering also closing the UCC at Hammersmith Hospital and moving it to elsewhere.
A late recommendation suggests Hammersmith & Fulham CCG could look at retaining some community and treatment services on the Charing Cross site. This is subject to a further six-month review, would lead to a maximum 13% use of the site compared to current activity and would include no acute services.
All blue light emergencies would be diverted to other hospitals, which are already at capacity and exceed waiting time targets for A&E.
There will be no A&E in the London boroughs of Hammersmith, Ealing or Brent, which together have a population the size of Leeds.
Following today’s decision Ealing Council intends to refer the closures to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, for review by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. They also intend to launch judicial review proceedings. Hammersmith & Fulham Council has betrayed its residents by withdrawing support for the hospitals and falsely claiming that Charing Cross Hospital has been ‘saved’.
NHS announces closure of A&E and acute services at four west London hospitals
Charing Cross will close as a major hospital and all four threatened A&E departments will also be shut down, search NW London NHS announced this morning.
The decision to go ahead with the closures almost exactly as proposed last July came as no surprise following the phoney consultation exercise and leak of the plans a week ago. But the news is still devastating for two million Londoners who will now face a second-class health service unless the plans are overturned by the Secretary of State.
It is reported that you have gone on the £120,000 junket to America. I continue to hope not. Quite what you would have expected to discover there after you spent over £3.5 million on McKinsey's advice for Shaping a 'Healthier' Future it is hard to imagine. I look forward to a full and costed report of the findings.
Many people feel that your time would have been better spent in dealing with the increasing A&E crisis in NW London. 'Crisis' has ceased to be the appropriate word; it is a catastrophe.
It now almost goes without saying that in the week ending 30 November London North West Healthcare was the worst Trust in the country for Type-1 waits at 65.7%, over 5 percentage points worse than the next. And it was the 14th worst for 'All attendances', out of some 280.
And that week the North West London Sector was the worst in the country, if it were taken as an 'Area Team' of its own – which it could easily be, given its size and activity levels. As you know, there are 25 Teams including London and NW London was 6.9 percentage points lower than the worst of those for Type-1s, at 79.9%. Against the 95% target for 'All attendances' it was the worst again, managing 91.2% compared with 96.5% for the rest of London.
So, instead of swanning off to the States, all you had to do was to talk to your colleagues in London to find out how to run A&E services. 30% of all London Type-1 waits occurred in the area under your supervision. So, when you said 'We think there are many other factors going on across London,' you failed to point out that you were attracting more than your fair share of whatever you think these might be.
There again, I am not aware that any other London Sector has decided to axe 2 of its central A&Es, reduce bed capacity (until the recent frantic reversals) and invite ambulance crews to telephone for an appointment to deliver a casualty to a 'Major Hospital'.
Your position is increasingly untenable.