CROWDS marched through the streets in protest against the proposed closure of A&Es in west London.
Around a thousand campaigners from across Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing united, holding placards saying ‘our NHS is here to stay’ and ‘stop cuts, closures and privatisation’ while parading from Southall park to Ealing Common on Saturday (27).
Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter joined three MPs from Ealing and local councillors who gave speeches to protesters fighting to stop the closure of A&E departments at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Ealing hospitals. Emergency services are also being stripped back at Central Middlesex Hospital in a major shake-up by NHS North West London.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council has pledged to refer the decision made earlier this year by NHS chiefs to a judicial review.
Campaigners in Hammersmith and Fulham were left disappointed when the authority made a deal with the NHS to preserve just a small number of services at Charing Cross, which means Hammersmith and Fulham Council are unable to back the judicial review on behalf of residents.
Mr Bell said: “It is a fantastic showing today. We need to take every step possible to oppose these mad plans. It’s the biggest change in the NHS history and we must stop it in its tracks.
“It has been referred to the Secretary of State for health and we have made the decision to take this to judicial review. If ever there was a time to take a decision to court and spend our money it is now.”
More to follow.