Since it was first announced in June 2012, Ealing Council has opposed the NHS hospital reconfiguration programme ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’.
What do the plans mean?
- Three boroughs with a population the size of Leeds will not have a major hospital
- More than 500 hospital beds will be lost.
- Maternity and paediatric wards have closed at Ealing Hospital
- A&Es have closed at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith hospitals, with A&Es at Ealing and Charring Cross hospitals to follow.
Ealing Hospital by 2022:
- Remove emergency ‘blue-light’ ambulances
- Remove critical care
- Potentially remove all surgery
The council believes that improved out-of-hospital and preventative care is essential for its residents and supports the plans to improve care in the community. However, it is opposed to the loss of a further 500 acute beds. Current A&E services are already overburdened and the council believes that moving A&Es and life-saving treatments further away from our residents puts the most critical cases at risk.
Challenging the plans
In 2012 the council launched a petition to oppose the Shaping a Healthier Future plans and later took the NHS to court to challenge the proposals.
The council, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, commissioned an independent review led by Michael Mansfield QC which provided a strong evidence base for why the proposals are wrong.
The plans have been incorporated into the ‘North West London STP’ which continues to proposes to downgrade Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals to ‘local’ hospital status.
A further review of the Shaping a Healthier Future proposals and the STP was commissioned by Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham councils, which outlined the concerns.
The council has refused to sign the region's STP health plan due to the planned cuts.
The council has held several marches, rallies and public meetings attended by thousands of people to demonstrate the level of local opposition to the plans.
In the summer of 2017 Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham Council commissioned an independent survey, conducted by BMG Research, which canvased 1,514 residents about their views on health and social cares services. The survey found widespread opposition to the planned cuts to hospital services with 9 out of 10 people disagreeing with the plans to close A&Es.
In 2017 the council, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, launched a petition calling on the government to halt the proposals and instead make the sustainable investment needed in health and social care services in north-west London. The petition, signed by nearly 22,500 residents was handed in to the Department of Health and Social Care in March 2018.
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