"The accident and emergency department (A&E) at Charing Cross Hospital is currently facing such high levels of demand that we are asking members of the public to help us manage this by only visiting A&E when it is absolutely essential " (Imperial NHS Trust website 26.10.16)
Imperial's desperate message fundamentally contradicts claims that developments in community health are reducing the need for acute hospitals. The vital role CX Hospital plays in providing acute care for local people is clear and Save Our Hospitals is determined to protect it.
H&F Council Public Meeting on STP- Save the Date
H&F Council are equally committed to saving the hospital and have commissioned a review of the cuts & closures package known as the Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP). The findings of this review will be launched at a public meeting in Hammersmith Town Hall from 7pm Tuesday November 29th - Save the date!
H&F Council Public Meeting on STP Tues Nov 29th 7pm Assembly Hall Hammersmith Town Hall
Next STP Draft
Attached is the latest version of the STP - big on aspirations for healthier living and community care but silent on how these aspirations will be met in an era of dwindling social services funding and NHS under capacity. A resource pack from the group HealthCampaignsTogether gives a very useful assessment and critique (attached).
SOH Saturday Stall
SOH leaflets across the borough informing people about the dangers of the STP - this week we're in Fulham, join us if you can.
SOH Stall Sat 29th Oct 2 - 4 St John's Church North End Rd (southern end - facing market on paved area behind Church)
Support The NHS Bill
Of course the threats to our NHS require national as well as local campaigning. In particular we need to get back to a publicly run NHS - universal, comprehensive and adequately resourced. The NHS Bill seeks to achieve this by reversing the policies of increasing fragmentation and privatisation. It's possible that the bill will be heard on Nov 4th and therefore Keep Our NHS Public are rallying in support outside Parliament. SOH will be there. If you can't make it you could still help by joining almost 80,000 others and signing this petition. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p
etitions/support-the-nhs-reins tatement-bill-to-bring-back-ou r-nhs
Support The NHS Bill Fri 4th Nov 11 - 1 College Green (paved area opposite public entrance to Houses of Parliament)
Concerns about Ealing's privatised Urgent Care Centre
A patient unhappy at the provision of equipment, level of medical cover and quality of care at the privatised Urgent Care Centre at Ealing hospital went public in the letter attached. This follows worries about the performance of Vocare, the private company which has taken over the Urgent Care Centre at St Mary's which we recently reported.
If anyone fancies making a guy for our SOH stall on Sat Nov 5th feel free, we'd love it. Regards AD