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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.

Health service's £4bn shortfall

NHS bosses in London have warned the future health of patients is being put at risk because of a multi-billion pound budget shortfall. Figures show that by 2020 hospitals in the capital will be left with a funding gap of £4 billion.

Leaders have called for urgent and radical reforms to combat key issues affecting the capital, including an ageing population and high rates of childhood obesity. Ria Chatterjee reports.

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Mother of toddler 'unconvinced over shared care'

The parents of a toddler who died after doctors in London failed to sport her fatal brain condition claim that a catalogue of chances to act on their daughter's chances were missed.

Two-year-old Alice Mason had successfully undergone treatment for a brain tumour two months before she was taken ill in March 2011. She died days later, having developed fluid on the brain, an inquest heard. On Thursday the child's mother, Rosalind Mason told the inquest:

I'm still not convinced that shared care is a safe option for providing care to very sick children, and I'm afraid our experience of even trying to learn the truth about our daughter has been hugely complicated.

We have found that going through the reports they have written in answer to our questions has been very lengthy, and we have not agreed with many of the things they have written, and asked them to correct them. It's saddening that this situation is in place.

Mother launches attack on hospital over toddler death

The mother of a toddler who died after doctors in London failed to spot her fatal brain condition in time to save her has launched an attack on "shared care" between hospitals.

Two-year-old Alice Mason had successfully undergone treatment for a brain tumour two months before she was taken ill in March 2011.

She died days later, having developed fluid on the brain, an inquest at West London Coroner's Court has heard.

The youngster's care was shared between her family's local district general hospital, Kingston Hospital in Surrey, cancer specialists at the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Chelsea, west London, and a neurosurgical team at St George's Hospital, south London.

Doing nothing 'not an option' over NHS trust

South London Healthcare Trust was overspending by around £1m per week and a lack of investment was putting patients at risk. Doing nothing was not an option.

Dissolving this failing trust will safeguard the best interests of patients in South London. The costs involved are far less than what would have been the case if we had left SLHT to carry on overspending.

– Department of Health

Decision to dismantle failing NHS trust 'to cost double'

The decision to dismantle a failing London NHS hospital trust could cost taxpayers almost double the amount originally estimated. The South London Healthcare trust, which included hospitals in Bromley, Woolwich and Sidcup, has been dissolved after amassing huge debts.

South London Healthcare was formed in 2009 Credit: Press Association

The Evening Standard reports that the shake-up will end up costing £466 million. Originally the cost was estimated at £265 million.

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Essex hospital is in 'special measures'

Top doctors and senior managers from one of London's best hospitals, are to be drafted into another which has with serious problems. NHS staff from Hampstead's Royal Free will be working at Basildon and Thurrock NHS trust, in an attempt to improve standards there.

Basildon's one of 11 trusts put into 'special measures' following a review of services.Luke Hanrahan has the full details.

Basildon hospital is in 'special measures'

The NHS says a hospital trust is said to require ‘special measures’ when there are serious failings in relation to quality of care, which trust bosses can't fix without intensive support.

The NHS Trust Development Authority declares when an NHS Trust is in special measures. In future, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals will recommend whether special measures are needed if the quality of services are judged to be inadequate.

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