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Court bid to save Ealing A&E rejected by a judge

A High Court judge has thrown out Ealing Council's bid to challenge controversial plans to close a hospital's A&E department.

Ealing Hospital in West London Credit: Press Association

Ealing Council wanted the review on the grounds that proposals for ending emergency services at Ealing Hospital during a reorganisation of health care services were legally flawed. A judge ruled all grounds of challenge were "unarguable".


Extra resources needed over A&E row

A spokeswoman for Shaping a Healthier Future,the programme set up to review healthcare in north-west London, said: "Itis a great shame that the politicians in this north-west London borough aretaking local doctors and other highly committed NHS professionals to court.

"This is a direct legal challenge to the many doctors, nurses and other committed NHS professionals who want to improve healthcare for their patients across north-west London, and it will create a significant distraction from their day jobs.

"The court case will now mean a huge amount of extra work and resources at a time when there should be a major focus on what the NHS is actually there to do - namely, care for patients and improve local services."

Council faces a "David versus Goliath struggle"

Ealing Hospital Credit: PA

Services at Ealing, CentralMiddlesex, Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals are among those that are being affected. Councillor Julian Bell, leader of the council,said:

"We are facing a David versus Goliath struggle to protect our local hospitals but will use every option open to us, including going to court, to fight to keep these vital services for our residents.