Published 11 July 2012
The NHS is inviting residents to attend a roadshow about its controversial plans to downgrade hospitals in the area.
The ‘Shaping a healthier future’ event will take place at the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall on Saturday 21 July between 10-4pm.
People attending the event will be able to learn more about the consultation, ask questions, and have their say on the proposals which went out to public consultation on 2 July.
The consultation’s favoured option would see Ealing, Central Middlesex, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals all lose their A&E departments as well as a range of other clinical services.
All political parties on Ealing Council oppose the proposals and councillors are urging residents to get behind the campaign to Save Our Hospitals by signing a petition and responding to the NHS consultation.
Council leader Julian Bell said: “As a council we unanimously oppose these plans which, if agreed, would dramatically reduce hospital services in the area and leave three London boroughs without A&E departments and other major hospital services.
“We need people power to defeat these plans so I would urge as many people as possible to attend this event and make their views known.
“We are asking people who live, work or visit the area to sign our petition to oppose these proposals and Save Our Hospitals.”
Under the plans Ealing Hospital would be downgraded to a ‘local hospital’, stripping it of nine of the 11 major types of service currently provided on-site including A&E and intensive care units, as well as hospital maternity and paediatric services. The proposals are part of a major restructure of NHS services in North West London which, if agreed, would see almost half of the hospitals in the region suffering a similar fate.
Under its preferred option Charing Cross Hospital would also be downgraded to a local hospital, losing the same services as Ealing. Central Middlesex Hospital, which has already had its A&E unit reduced to a daytime only service, would see the unit close permanently and it would also lose its intensive care unit. Hammersmith Hospital would no longer have major hospital status and would instead become a specialist hospital. If the plans get approved the council is concerned that residents would have to travel miles to reach the nearest major hospital for vital services.
Notes to Editors:
Public consultation on the NHS report ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ started on Monday 2 July and is expected to run until 8 October 2012.
* There are three options that the NHS will consider as part of its consultation.
Under its preferred Option A:
- St Mary’s, Chelsea & Westminster, West Middlesex, Northwick Park and Hillingdon would continue to be major hospitals and keep services such as A&E
- Hospitals to be downgraded to local hospitals include Ealing, Central Middlesex and Charing Cross hospitals, while Hammersmith would become a specialist hospital
- Services at Ealing Hospital that will no longer be provided if the preferred option A is agreed include: A&E, emergency surgery, non elective medicine, non elective surgery, complex elective surgery, intensive care, inpatient paediatrics, obstetrics and maternity.