On 8th January, I spoke in a crucial debate focussing on Health Care in London. With the changes to our health care system made by the Government, this debate comes at an important time for the future of our hospitals, GPs, nurses in the capital.
Multiple A and E departments in the capital have been under threat of closure or set for closure, from Lewisham, where a hard-fought campaign has saved the hospital from closure, to south-west London and Ilford.
Locally, four A and Es in west London are under threat - two have been marked for closure and two of which are still effectively closed—they are being called A and Es when they are not. One of these is Ealing Hospital, where the A&E will likely be unable to receive blue-light ambulances and effectively become an Urgent Care Centre.
In a city of more than 8 million inhabitants, where the population growth is twice the national average, those closures and downgrades will have a huge impact on the lives and safety of local residents, leaving many residents miles from their local A and E.
The Secretary of State’s changes to A&Es in West London will most likely put local hospitals under a lot of strain and those decisions seem, at best, unsafe and, at worst, dangerous.