Just this evening we heard about a child sent home from an urgent care centre in the borough who then required a 999 ambulance and hospitalisation. Someone else emailed after an A&E attendance at St Mary's afternoon saying it "felt like a third world hospital.....waiting for over four hours to be seen and for most of that time there weren't even enough chairs to sit down." Meanwhile we hear that the community trust is planning to cut by almost half the number of senior clinicians responsible for organising continuing highly complex care for people at home or in nursing homes across 4 boroughs including H&F. These are just a sample of the countless reports of local cuts making a mockery of the idea that community services are able to compensate for cuts and closures in acute hospitals.
It's important the general public hear about stories like this and what can be done to defend our localNHS. That's why we're having a Halloween stall outside Charing Cross Hospital between 1 and 3pm on Friday 31st. We'll have treats, tricks and leaflets - join us if you can. If not there's always the Saturday stall at King street Sat 1st Nov 2 - 4pm- all welcome to help spread the word.