Hospital Campaigners Say Battle is Just Beginning
As NHS confirms planned closure of four local A &E Units
Save Our Hospitals campaigners have vowed to fight on, following official confirmation from NHS NorthWest London that they intend to close the A &E departments at four local hospitals, including Hammersmith and Charing Cross, which is to be demolished and replaced with a much smaller centre.
Campaigners held a rally in Lyric Square on Saturday, February 16 where speakers condemned Hammersmith and Fulham Council for making a deal with the NHS which will see Charing Cross replaced with a "specialist health and social care hospital" with no A&E services and the number of beds slashed from 500 to 60.
The new hospital will use only a small part of the current site, with the remainder sold off to developers.
It is also understood that H& F Council made no representations to the NHS about the future of Hammersmith Hospital in Shepherd's Bush.
Mark Honigsbaum, spokesperson for the campaign said:
Andy Slaughter, MP for Hammersmith and Secretary of the campaign said:"‘This is a sleazy deal between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and local NHS to close both the borough’s A&E departments.
" Imperial Healthcare and Hammersmith & Fulham Council should be ashamed they are supporting closures at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals. They are putting political and commercial interests above residents’ health.
" To add insult to injury, any 'new' money would come from selling the current hospital site for luxury flats."
Chair of Save Our Hospitals, Carlo Nero, urged local people to spread the word about their fight and added: " This battle is only just beginning!"
Local feelings about the plans has been running high for months, with two ongoing campaigns against the proposals.
Save Our Hospitals is run by a group of local people along with MP Andy Slaughter. You can find out more about the Save our Hospitals and offers your support at the website and follow it on twitter, hashtag #Saveourhospitals.
February 18, 2013