"Disastrous" hospital plans get knocked back

The latest bid for £260million of the £500million investment in the controversial Shaping a Healthier Future plan has been refused by the Department of Health and Social Care - reported today in the HSJ.

Responding to the report that proposals have been turned down for a second time, Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: "Shaping a Heathier Future remains a disastrous proposal that would see the loss of hundreds of beds in north west London and the downgrading of our local hospitals, with Ealing and Charing Cross set to lose their blue-light A&Es and become nothing more than glorified urgent care centres.

"Now that these deeply unpopular, half-baked plans have been rejected for £260million of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care yet again, it is time for local health bosses to accept that the game is up for Shaping a Healthier Future.  They need to end the uncertainty for our local hospitals, scrap these plans and start work urgently on new proposals that will tackle unacceptable waiting times, retain vital emergency services, improve health outcomes locally and ensure we have a health service that has the capacity to cope with north west London's growing population and the increasing need for accessible healthcare."

The full article can be read on the HSJ website.