Wednesday 4 July 2012

Ealing Council opposes casualty closures and calls for fightback

Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, has publicly opposes plans to close four casualty departments in  North- West London Hospitals, including that at Central Middlesex and called for a public fightback against them.

He told the Evening Standard yesterday:
When these half-baked plans were announced, all our worst fears were realised. It beggars belief that essential keath services like A and E could be cut nearly in half without damaging health care.
The council is committed to fighting these proposals but we need people power.  I want local people to join our campaign and to tell their friends and neighbours, relatives and colleagues to do the same. With a powerful single voice we can save our hospitals.
There were promising signs yesterday that Brent Council may follow when Cllr Krupesh Hirani, lead member for Adult Care and Health, released a series of tweets on Twitter:
  • This hospital serves the poorest part of the Borough 
  • The Tory Liberal move to close A&E at Central Middlesex Hospital is bad for Brent 
  • If we were redesigning NHS services in Brent from scratch, we would have an A&E service at Central Middlesex Hospital

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There are too many A&E departments in London, and people die as a result.

Ambulances are no longer "scoop and shoot" services, and can stabilize patients enough for them to be taken greater distances to large A&E hospitals, where expensive equipment and consultants are available 24-hours a day.

Do not be taken into a small A&E department just before a weekend. That may well be bad news for you, in terms of outcome.