Protest against A&E closures

GMB organised march against closures of emergency departments in West London

Doctor's letter of protest

Senior doctors are calling for a full independent consultation to take place, before any reforms to A&E units are approved.

140 doctors, including eminent physicians, academics and surgeons, signed n open a letter to the Prime Minister arguing that the overhaul could put vulnerable people at risk.

"In our view, the idea of slashing huge numbers of A&E departments without significantly increasing resources for Ambulance services and hospitals taking up the strain or improving access to GPs will place the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society at risk.

There has been only perfunctory consultation on these changes and many local people feel they have not been adequately informed of the extent of the reforms. We ask that no further change takes place without full independent consultation and the approval of local residents."

Doctors lobby PM over A&E cuts

Doctors raise concerns in letter to David Cameron Credit: Reuters

A group of 140 senior doctors have written to David Cameron expressing concern over plans to close several accident and emergency units in west London.

In an open letter, the doctors said they have yet to see evidence that plans to centralise and downgrade A&E services are beneficial to patients.

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NHS calls for public feedback

NHS: Tell us what you think

NHS North-West London has issued a statement in response to today's protests, urging people to get involved in the consultation process.

"We have worked hard over the last 14 weeks to reach as many people as possible across North West London to involve them in this consultation.

We really want to hear their views about how we can improve NHS services. The consultation does not close until midnight on Monday so there is still time to tell us what they think."

Protestors to march against A&E closures

The GMB union says it expects between five and ten thousand people to join a march through west London today in protest against the closure of emergency departments at several hospitals.

Plans have been outlined for the closure of facilities at Charing Cross and Hammersmith & Fulham Hospitals, and Ealing and Central Middlesex Hospitals.

The Union says the closures would lead to longer waiting times at other hospitals.

A spokesperson for NHS North west London said the plan was currently being consulted upon, and they would like to hear people's views.

The march will start in Shepherd's Bush at midday.