Week long hospital protests

The week of protests against hospital reform comes to an end today.

Defend London's NHS has seen a coalition of doctors, patients and health workers unite against plans to downgrade A&Es and other vital hospital services in the capital.

Government reaction to hospital demonstrations

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"We appreciate that people are going to hold passionate views about changes to their local NHS services. Local healthcare organisations, doctors, nurses and other health professionals, with their knowledge of the patients they serve, are best placed to decide what services they need for patients in their area.

"We have always been clear that the NHS must be open about any plans and changes must show a clear benefit to patients."

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Protest against A&E closures

Demonstrations against the closure of A&E departments in at West London are due to take place this lunchtime.

The protest is the culmination of a week of action against the plan to close the accident and emergency departments at Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals.

There'll be a rally in Lyric Square in Hammersmith, while in Kingston protestors will march from Kingston Hospital to the Kingston Guildhall.

Both events start at midday.

Charing Cross Hospital to lose A&E unit

The NHS's North West London trust has recommended that four of its A&E units will be closed and Charing Cross Hospital will longer remain a 'major hospitl'

Below is a list of the key decisions expected to be pushed through by the NHS next week.

  • Charing Cross will be a‘local hospital’ with no A&E, surgery, Intensive Care or Stroke Unit.
  • The majority of the CharingCross site will be sold off at a profit for development.
  • Hammersmith, Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospitals will lose their A&Es.

Four north west london A&E units face closure

The NHS's North West London trust has recommended four A&E departments be closed.

The units in Ealing, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Hammersmith could be downgraded to 24/7 urgent care centres.

The move would see the four hospitals unable to perform emergency operations
The move would see the four hospitals unable to perform emergency operations Credit: PA

The new proposed plans would see other major hospitals take A&E patients, peforming both emergency and elective operations, as well as running tensive care units, psychiatric liaison, inpatient paediatrics and a maternity unit.

The hospitals tasked with taking on the extra burden are Chelsea and Westminster, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, St Mary's and West Middlesex.

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Week commences of NHS reform protests

A week of protests against hospital reform plans starts today. Defend London's NHS week will see a coalition of doctors, patients and health workers against plans to downgrade A&Es and other vital hospital services in the capital.

A man walks in to Lewisham Hospital
A man walks in to Lewisham Hospital

The campaign kicks ogg with a press conference at the House of Commons bringing together representatives of the Lewisham, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kingston and Islington hospitals campaigns.