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A&E closure protests.

A protest will be held in Ealing today against plans to cut hospital services in north west London.

The NHS have announced plans to shut A&E services at Ealing, Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, and downgrade other services including maternity and paediatrics.

Campaigners are concerned about the safety and scale of the NHS's plan, which would leave three London boroughs without a major hospital.

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".


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.