Two of London's A&E units threatened with closure were saved today by the Health Secretary.
Or were they? Jeremy Hunt announced a major overhaul of emergency care in North West London.
Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals will lose their emergency departments, while Ealing and Charing Cross will keep theirs - although in a different form. A decision critics said could mean a downgrade in all but name. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has the details.
Labour says today's announcement from Jeremy Hunt is "deeply worrying". The London Assembly's member for Ealing and Hillingdon added:
"The Secretary of State had a chance today to announce Ealing and Charing Cross would stay open as fully functioning and resourced A&E units, but all he said was they will stay open 'in a different shape or size'.
"This sounds very similar to the original announcement on Lewisham Hospital's A&E, which led to the ill-fated attempt to downgrade them."
Jeremy Hunt has backed the downgrading of two of London's A&E units at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex. Another two, at Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals will keep their A&E units for now but could lose some services being offered.
A graffiti vandal who caused over £54,000 worth of damage to trains, stations and other property in Croydon, Charing Cross, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Surrey and Wandsworth has been jailed for 16 months following a British Transport Police investigation.
Eugene Ironside, 23, of Norbury Hill, Norbury, appeared for sentencing at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday 11th October 2012 after pleading guilty to 13 charges of damaging property.
Enquiries into Ironside’s graffiti spree began after his arrest by Metropolitan Police officers in Selhurst, Croydon, just after 4am on Thursday 14th July 2011.
Second on the London shortlist for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards is Neil Dowden. For more than ten years, he has spent the second Sunday of every month feeding homeless people in Charing Cross.