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Tories vote against Save our Hospitals Campaign


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.”


  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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