The NHS has revealed plans to press ahead with Ealing Hospital reforms, but the move has come under fire from campaigners and the council.
Earlier this month (December 6) North West Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (NWC CCGs) released a £500m business plan mapping out key changes to hospitals in north west London.
Under its Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), Ealing Hospital is set to become a "local hospital".
It means some of its services will be reduced, with an increased aim on treating patients at or closer to home.
A second business case will be submitted in 2017 on reforms involving hospitals within inner north west London boroughs, including Charing Cross Hospital.
Labour Ealing Council leader, Cllr Julian Bell, whose council refused to sign up to the STP plans earlier this year, hit out at the move.
He said: "Despite huge local opposition the NHS is hell bent on carrying out the biggest reconfiguration experiment in its history and using the people of Ealing as its guinea pigs.
"While we want investment in improved out-of-hospital and preventative care, we cannot support the closure of A&Es and the downgrading of Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals.
"This plan signals the death knell for emergency services in Ealing.
"It would leave our borough, which has a population the same size as Cardiff, without an A&E. This is not safe".
Previously NWC CCGs have denied that Ealing will lose its A&E and maintain this is the case, although it will be a reduced service.
It said the £500m will be used to boost NHS buildings and facilities across north west London over the next ten years.
A spokesman said an investment of £69m would be put towards improving GP practices, £140m for modernising and building new out of hospital community hubs and over £300m for local hospital buildings and facilities.
All of which falls under changes to Ealing Hospital, the spokesman said.
The NWC CCGs spokesman said: "Our plan is to invest half a billion pounds into the healthcare system in north west London, with a significant amount going into Ealing hospital to ensure it delivers the care that is right for local people.
"We expect the vast majority of services that are currently at Ealing to remain at the hospital with a local A&E."
Earlier today, campaigners from Ealing Save Our NHS gathered outside Ealing Town Hall to oppose the new business case under STP.
Eric Leach of Ealing Save Our NHS said: "We find the business case to be inadequate.
"I find it hard to believe HM Treasury will release hundreds of millions of pounds to an organisation which has failed to successfully implement SaHF over the last three years.
"NHS NW London in 2012 promised us (SaHF) changes that will improve care in hospitals and the community. The two million residents have been very badly let down with these failed promises."
The business case also drew criticism from Hammersmith & Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan, who accused it of being "flawed" and should be "halted immediately.
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