Dr Louise Irvine, who's standing as our candidate in the London euro elections, has launched a strong attack on the planned closures of A&E departments in North West London, accusing health chiefs of misleading Londoners and warning of a serious knock-on effect on other hospitals in the capital.
On Saturday Dr Irvine kicked off our Euro election campaign in Chiswick and Hammersmith after speaking at a packed public meeting on the future of Charing Cross Hospital. She attacked the planned closures of A&Es in North West London, drawing parallels with what happened in Lewisham:
The architects of the plans to close four A&Es in north west London (“Shaping a Healthier Future”) are using the same bogus arguments that they tried to get away with in Lewisham, in south east London, but failed.
They claim they are not closing the A&E at Charing Cross Hospital but merely making it into a “local A&E”. Yet that “local A&E” will be run by GPs and not by Emergency Department doctors, it will not accept patients who are arriving by blue-light ambulance and it will not be able to admit seriously ill patients. This is not an A&E – it’s an urgent care centre. Jeremy Hunt offered the same to Lewisham – a “small but safe A&E” for which he could provide no detail about how it would actually work and which was a model not recognised by the College of Emergency Medicine which sets standards for A&Es. Lewisham people saw through this charade and successfully opposed it. Londoners should not be fooled by this blatant attempt to mislead them again.
Read more on what Louise said - in our press release: http://nhaparty.org/hospital-chiefs-misleading-londoners-ae-closures-will-bring-chaos-capital/