PEOPLE power will be the only way to save Ealing Hospital, a meeting was told this week.
The meeting in Acton on Wednesday galvanised grass roots support for preventing potentially devastating cuts at hospitals which serve the borough.
Health bosses are considering downgrading Ealing Hospital by removing its A&E department, and there are fears of similar cuts at Central Middlesex Hospital.
The main speaker at the event was Dr John Lister, information director for London Health Emergency (LHE), an umbrella organisation for campaign groups battling hospital closures.
Speaking at the meeting at West London Trade Union Club, Dr Lister, who has been with LHE since 1984, said it was up to the public to make a difference.
He said: "We are weeks away from an election but the three main political parties all agree on one thing, which is that cuts are the solution due to over-spending in the private sector."
Dr Lister said vital facts and figures are being kept from the public by the government as key decisions are being made behind closed doors.
"It's up to us to effect some kind of change.
"Unless we dig our heels in and act together to put pressure on the right people then there's a very real chance that our hospitals will suffer."
Dr Lister, who was also inter-viewed by BBC current affairs programme Newsnight while at the meeting, said people in the borough should put pressure on their local MPs but should not stop there.
"Put pressure on every councillor you can find, as well as the council leader."
Dr Lister stressed that it was important that all hospitals be saved from cuts, as if one suffers then it would only put more strain on others.
The Gazette revealed earlier this year how a secret NHS document contained plans for a large scale programme of cuts and changes to healthcare in the area. Since then the paper has has been running the Save Our Services (SOS) Campaign to prevent the threat from becoming a reality.
The meeting was organised by Ealing Trades Union Council. Another meeting is planned for later this month.