Anger over A&E downgrades

A local council has decided to launch legal proceedings against NHS officials who decided to downgrade four A&E departments in London.

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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."

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