Charing Cross Hospital
Charing Cross Hospital
Charing Cross Hospital

The Government should immediately halt plans to close services at Ealing and Charing Cross Hospitals, including blue light Accident & Emergency care.

The Shaping a Healthier Future programme proposes to downgrade Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals to ‘local’ hospitals. This would mean a wide-range of services would close, including existing blue-light Accident & Emergency services and more than 500 beds.

The remaining urgent care centres would be led by GPs not consultants. As part of this programme, blue-light Accident & Emergency facilities have already closed at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals. Maternity and children’s Accident & Emergency wards have closed at Ealing and many of the previous specialisms at Charing Cross have moved to St Mary’s in Paddington. This would mean that many patients would have to travel considerable distances to other hospitals.

The scale of these changes is unprecedented and the ‘accelerated timetable’ of changes at Ealing is untested. Investing more than £500million pounds to cut acute hospital capacity makes no sense and we call on the Government to halt the proposals and instead make the sustainable investment needed in health and social care services in north-west London.
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Ealing Council
Hammersmith and Fulham