A protest in support of Charing Cross Hospital
An urgent public meeting has been called by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to debate NHS plans to axe the A&E and other services at Charing Cross Hospital.
The meeting will be held at Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday 23 February, where H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, will be joined by Dr Stephen Hirst, a former local GP, and Dr John Lister of London Health Emergency.
Both Dr Hirst and Dr Lister sat on the Independent Healthcare Commission which was formed by H&F Council and the neighbouring boroughs of Ealing, Brent, Hounslow and Harrow to review the proposed changes.
The commission – chaired by esteemed lawyer Michael Mansfield QC – issued its final report last December, with Mr Mansfield describing NHS North West London’s plans as ‘deeply flawed’ and said they should be ‘halted immediately’.
If the local NHS plans go ahead, the majority of services at Hammersmith’s Charing Cross Hospital will close, including the A&E.
“The review provides indisputable evidence that these changes to local health services are badly planned, hugely costly and causing life-threatening failures in local healthcare,” said Cllr Cowan.
“The only right decision is to put a halt to them right now.”
Join the fight! The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Small Hall at Hammersmith Town Hall, with light refreshments served from 7pm.
The meeting will be chaired by Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nivene Powell by email Nivene.Powell@lbhf.gov.uk or call 020 8753 4342.