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Labour Council Leader, Julian Bell has today written to the Secretary of state for Health, Jeremy Hunt, calling for an urgent review of the A&E and other service closures at Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals proposed under the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ proposals.

Cllr Bell’s letter, jointly signed by the Liberal Democrats, came after Ealing Council roundly endorsed a Labour “Save Our Hospitals” motion at its meeting on April 4th. All Ealing Tory Councillors voted against the motion (see pictured above).

Ta._Bell___Malcolm_-_Hunt_Letter_25.04.17.jpghe motion argued that “a 50-bed hospital, with no surgery, no critical care, no acute beds, no blue-light ambulances, no A&E, no maternity unit and no children’s ward is not in fact a ‘hospital’ any resident of the Borough would recognise.”

The Council agreed that “these changes will result in the closure of Ealing District General Hospital and its A&E, followed by its replacement with a day-care clinic and minor injuries unit.”

Cllr Bell said:

“The local Tories and their government are closing Ealing & Charing Cross hospitals. To argue that what will remain is a ‘local’ hospital is the biggest con of all.

Jeremy Hunt made a promise in parliament that both Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals would keep their A&Es. These plans show this is a lie and so Labour-run Ealing Council will continue to fight these ludicrous plans using all available means at our disposal.”

Labour’s Cabinet member for Health, Cllr Hitesh Tailor added:

“Jeremy Hunt must scrap these proposals as a matter of urgency. To leave Ealing and two other boroughs - with a population the size of some UK cities – without a District General Hospital is short-sighted and dangerous.”

Notes:

  1. Full text of the ‘Save Our Hospitals’ Motion - Click here.
  2. Full letter to Jeremy Hunt - Click here.
  3. For further detail, Ealing Council published a Cabinet Report 25th April 2017 outlining plans to campaign against hospital closures - Click here.

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Despite the Tories cutting 50% of our funding and having to find £168 million in savings since 2010, we have managed to develop a Labour budget, founded on solidly Labour values to help the residents of Ealing weather the harshest elements of the Tory austerity agenda.

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On Tuesday evening Labour councillors passed the budget for the coming financial year in Ealing Council. 

1.jpgThere was standing room only as hundreds of residents came to last night’s public meeting on NHS proposals to downgrade Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals to ‘local hospital’ status which would result in the loss of the  A&E service in both hospitals.

2.jpgApproximately 500 Ealing residents voiced their opposition to the proposals at the meeting chaired by Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing Council cabinet member for public health. The audience applauded the leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell, when he confirmed that Ealing Council would continue to oppose the NHS ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ programme of hospital reconfiguration.

Invited speakers included Hammersmith and Fulham leader, Councillor Stephen Cowan, London Assembly Member and local GP, Dr Onkar Sahota, James Guest from Healthwatch as well as Eve Turner from the Save Our NHS campaign.

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Ealing Council has opposed the NHS ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ programme of hospital reconfiguration since it was first announced in June 2012. Under the programme A&Es have already been closed at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith hospitals as well as maternity and children’s A&E services at Ealing Hospital.

The NHS published a business case in December 2016 that shows blue-light ambulances, critical care and potentially all surgery removed from Ealing Hospital by 2022.  The NHS would then implement plans to downgrade Charing Cross to ‘local’ hospital status. 

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As part of its plans the NHS aims to save more than £1billion over 10 years.


Both Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham councils say they are determined that Ealing and Charing Cross should remain District General Hospitals with their  A&E and operating surgeries and so have refused to sign up to the north-west London sustainability and transformation plan (STP).

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Cllr Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said:

“I would like to thank all those that turned out.  Another packed meeting hall clearly shows how concerned and appalled local residents are at what is being proposed.

“We all love our NHS and we know that once it’s gone it will be hard to get back.  We’ve already lost vital facilities at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex and warned at the time we would see extended lengthy waiting times and risk peoples’ lives. And now north-west London has some of the worst waiting times in the country. 

“Under these plans our district general hospitals will be closed and replaced with day care and urgent care clinics. We won’t accept the con that the NHS are retaining our A&Es. They are in effect closing Ealing hospital as we know it.

“Three London boroughs – Hammersmith, Ealing and Brent – will be without an A&E.  That represents a population the size of Leeds that won’t have access to an A&E but a walk-in clinic run by GPs.  This is crazy and the fight will continue.”

For residents who wish to find out more, register your interest at www.ealing.gov.uk/SOH

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