......Plans to close accident and emergency departments at London hospitals are “fundamentally flawed”, according to a damning report.
The proposals to scrap four out of nine emergency units in north-west London also showed a “lack of regard” for the needs of local residents, said former NHS chief Timothy Rideout.
The departments at risk are at Charing Cross, Ealing, Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals.
Leader of H&F,Nick Botterill, Hammersmith and Fulham says: “We’re not going to let this rest. We’re going to make sure that this whole decision is called in, and that the matter is referred to the Secretary of State.”
A shame Cllr Cockell has not the time to get involved in this vital local campaign. His disinterest in the Borough he leads is now so obvious it is embarrassing .....
Mr Rideout was commissioned by Hammersmith and Fulham council to examine the business case for the downgrade during a consultation period over the plans which ends next month.
- A failure to explore genuine alternatives to A&E closures.
- The use of location to decide downgrade options instead of more relevant issues such as current hospital performance.
- Lack of regard for inpatient and A&E admissions who will be dramatically affected by the proposals.