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Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Kitkat on Thu 09 Aug 2012, 12:17

If you have not already done so, please spare a few minutes of your time to sign the Petition down the bottom of the Board. If this situation is allowed to go ahead, and other hospitals follow suit as is anticipated, this will affect the lives of every single one of us, including our families and friends.

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Secretary of State for Health, Department of Health UK (Andrew Lansley)
Chair of NHS North West London (Jeff Zitron)
Consultation Chief Executive (David McVittie)


Ealing Hospital is set to lose its A&E and if this goes ahead the likelihood is that it will then lose its maternity unit and children’s services in increasingly desperate efforts to save money by healthcare officials in NHS London. All of these changes have been rushed through as a result of the coalition government’s Health Bill just recently signed into law which aims to knock £20 billion off the bill for paying for the NHS.

With more than 100,000 people each year being admitted to Ealing A&E, and surrounding acute services stretched beyond their capacity, health campaigners claim this will have a catastrophic effect on patients in the Borough. Two other local A&E units are also set to close, these will most likely be those at Hammersmith and Charing Cross, as Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust struggles to pay off its £40m debt. The irony is that Ealing is one of the very few financially viable trusts, yet it will be destroyed by these plans.
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Whiskers on Fri 10 Aug 2012, 18:31

Done. :thumb:
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Jamboree on Tue 14 Aug 2012, 10:39

Where is the petition? shrug If I could see it I would sign.
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 14 Aug 2012, 13:56

@Jamboree wrote:Where is the petition? shrug If I could see it I would sign.

Down the bottom left-hand corner of the Board, Jamboree. It's in the panel.
I've just realised though, you can't see it when you're logged in to the Forum. There's something else that takes its place there.

You have to be logged out to sign. rabbit
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Jamboree on Tue 21 Aug 2012, 22:27

Right. Gotcha now. :thumb:
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Jamboree on Tue 21 Aug 2012, 22:33

Must be expired now is it? I couldn't sign. Wouldn't let me type name or anything. Also it's for addresses Stateside. I'm in the UK. So is Ealing (as far as I know). shrug
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Post by Kitkat on Tue 21 Aug 2012, 23:56

@Jamboree wrote:Must be expired now is it? I couldn't sign. Wouldn't let me type name or anything. Also it's for addresses Stateside. I'm in the UK. So is Ealing (as far as I know). shrug

I don't know what happened there. It was working when I first put it up. surprised

Here is the link where you can sign the petition. This should be working. If not, let me know.

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-ealing-hospital-s-a-e
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Kitkat on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 20:33

This message is from Colin Standfield who started the petition "Save Ealing Hospital's A&E," which you signed on Change.org.



BBC programme - see below!

A lot has gone on recently: 2 debates, here in Ealing and at Hammersmith, where the public put the SaHF team under real pressure; the results of the Ealing GP survey that showed they did not support what NHS NWL want; a report from Tim Rideaout (an independent specialist) that trashes the plans; and loads of support from The Mail on Sunday.

A couple of us have started working on background details in case we need to go to Judicial Review next year, and we have been in contact with a firm of Solicitors who are expert in this area; they in turn have identified a Barrister, likewise. But we hope the public and political pressure will stop this beast in its tracks. Greg Hands completes the set of MPs in the area who oppose the plans, and he is a Government Whip!

Just to let you know that the Inside Out programme on “Shaping a Healthier Future” and its implications goes out this Monday 29th Oct at 7.30 on BBC1.

No idea what's in it, but they have been filming us for months.

Thanks again for your support.

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Save Ealing Hospital's A&E

Post by Colin S on Tue 11 Dec 2012, 09:25

We could do with some help with our web page, if anybody is in the area.

The results of the 'consultation' were announced last week, at a lavish bash on the Edgware Road.

Don't believe the BBC take on the research presentation on 28 November - I think they were fed a line that the people had voted for Option A. In fact, I've gone in to the detail and it is much more nuanced than that, on a response of just 0.29% of the adult population. If you saw me on the BBC London News you'll know my views.

I've complained at length about the results, and at the JCPCT meeting, on 6 December, I challenged the figure of '8,000 responses', not including the ones brought in by the campaigns by 2 of the Option A hospitals, using public money. I think the true figure, for people properly responding, is about 4,500.

We are still working on a case for Judicial Review, if it comes to that. But we hope NHS NWL will see how great the public and political opposition is and do the decent thing. On that, we are at one with campaigns across London and across the country, where 48 A&Es are threatened the last time I looked.

So the fight goes on! Thanks for your support.

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Save our Hospitals

Post by Colin S on Mon 15 Apr 2013, 13:48

Thank you again for your support. We have successfully had the plans referred back to the Secretary of State, who will almost certainly refer them for Independent Review. The fight is not over, and to reinforce our message that you cannot simply shut 4 hospitals (that would be the inevitable result of closing 4 A&Es) we are holding a march and rally:

Join the Save our Hospitals march and rally on 27 April, assemble Southall Park 11.30am or Acton Park 12.30 pm, rally at Ealing Common.

Check out this video for more information and messages from our MPs:

http youtube dot com/watch?v=SJP8K86WI7E

Regards,

Colin


OK. Just been notified guests can't post links here. Just search Save our Hospitals in You Tube and you will find us.
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Kitkat on Mon 15 Apr 2013, 14:54

Thanks for keeping us up to date, Colin.

Here is the video.

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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Whiskers on Wed 17 Apr 2013, 22:31

Well done Colin! :thumb: You tell them.
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Colin S on Thu 16 May 2013, 12:18

See below for details of this Saturday's London march. Thank you all
for your support so far. If you wondered why we are so passionate
about saving our 4 A&Es, follow these links (the Government have
even managed to get "The Daily Mail" against them!):


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323141/Shocking-proof-Accident-Emergency-closures-cost-lives-Death-rate-jumps-THIRD-department-closes.html


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323131/Casualty-chaos-999-crews-face-90m-fines-waiting-outside-Accident-Emergency-patients.html


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323551/One-nurse-250-000-patients-New-hours-crisis-whistleblower-reveals-nurses-replacing-GPs-cover-entire-counties.html


JOIN THE MARCH TO DOWNING STREET

TO DEFEND LONDON'S NHS

SATURDAY 18 MAY


ASSEMBLE 12 NOON

Concert Hall Approach ( Belvedere Road) Waterloo

Map http://goo.gl/maps/Lg6MT


MARCH TO DOWNING STREET

Rally in Whitehall 2pm


Web: http://defendlondonsnhs.wordpress.com/


facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/121307804726666/146302312227215/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_mall_activity


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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Kitkat on Sat 18 May 2013, 01:05

Best of luck for Saturday, Colin. Hope it all goes well.

Please keep us informed and let us know how it goes.
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Colin. on Tue 09 Jul 2013, 16:10

We still have a chance to influence the decisions about hospital services in NW London. The public are being invited to contact the Independent Reconfiguration Panel with any concerns about the plans to close Ealing's A&E - and also those at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Central Middlesex - which will result in our Hospital being demolished to make way for a polyclinic and lots of private flats.

Do you think you had enough chance to understand the plans? Did you agree with the process? Did you feel that you were left out, or that other groups may have been? Do you think that the plans are safe, if Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham - 2 Boroughs with a population of over half a million - have no A&E between them? Is it fair, or safe, not to have any maternity services in those Boroughs?

Do you agree with the selling off of land to private property developers and shrinking the size of the Hospital? (This will happen to both Ealing and Charing Cross.) Do you think the process has been fair and honest?

Remember:
• only about 4,550 people responded to the NWL 'consultation', even though they claim 17,022
• closing Ealing will mean we have to go to A&E at West Middlesex or Northwick Park - at least 2 bus journeys for most of us
• Ealing's Maternity will go - no more babies will ever be born in Ealing except those born at home
• we will be left with an 'Urgent' Care Centre instead of an A&E - NHS NWL have provided no proven record of safety for a UCC which is not located next to an A&E Department (as Ealing's is now)
• we are promised all sorts of 'out-of-hospital care' which have so far not been defined - they are fantasies and will rely on the new GP-led commissioning groups to make them work
• it will take more than 3 years to train enough specialist community workers
• we have been deceived about the real nature of the plans, and the fact that it's all really about money - they have to 'save' £1 billion in 3 years
• 3,994 clinical jobs will go from NW London - if you trust their Commissioning Plans
• nearly 1,000 beds will be lost, except for their favoured hospitals like Chelsea & Westminster

This is almost our last chance to save our hospitals from run-down and inevitable closure, and you have this opportunity to make your voice heard - please don't leave it to others, as the IRP will be influenced by the numbers of people contacting them as much as by what they have to say.

E-mail info@irppanel.org.uk or leave a voice message on 020 7389 8046

Thanks as ever for all your support

Colin Standfield
Chair, Ealing SOS
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Ealg SOS on Wed 10 Jul 2013, 23:28

CORRECTION
 
I got the address wrong for the Independent Review Panel. My apologies, and I can't remember where I copied it from. Here is the correct one, reading from the leaflet they gave me yesterday: info@irpanel.org.uk.
The phone number for leaving messages is correct: 020 7389 8046 - we are told by some supporters that you may not get time for a long message.
Or you can snail-mail them, but time is short: IRP, 6th Floor, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SP.
Again, sorry, but please do all you can to get through. This is such an important issue for the future of every family and individual in Ealing and the surrounding Boroughs that we must do all we can to stop these unsafe and untested plans. Every voice counts.
Thank you.
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Post by Eal.SOS on Sun 11 Aug 2013, 19:07

The news from Lewisham is great: the High Court has said that the plans for carving up health services in South East London were not only rubbish, as the campaigners have been saying, but illegal.

The North West London case is different, but we are still very much hopeful of success. But we still need as much pressure from the public as we can get.

The IRP will be accepting your views and comments up to Friday 16 August. If your voice has not yet been heard and you wish to complain about the proposal, now made clear (but which was not in the original 'consultation') to demolish Ealing Hospital and put up a polyclinic on 4% of the site, please contact them now.

Contact the panel on 020 7389 8046, info@irpanel.org.uk or by writing to Independent Reconfiguration Panel, 6th floor, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SP.

For more information, follow this link: http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/ealing-news/local-ealing-news/2013/08/08/get-behind-our-a-e-campaign-urge-doctors-64767-33706344/

Thanks for all your support. I do hope that very soon we shall not need to write to you again, once we have saved our excellent local hospitals!


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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Whiskers on Wed 14 Aug 2013, 13:23

Eal.SOS wrote:The news from Lewisham is great: the High Court has said that the plans for carving up health services in South East London were not only rubbish, as the campaigners have been saying, but illegal.

The North West London case is different, but we are still very much hopeful of success. But we still need as much pressure from the public as we can get.

The IRP will be accepting your views and comments up to Friday 16 August. If your voice has not yet been heard and you wish to complain about the proposal, now made clear (but which was not in the original 'consultation') to demolish Ealing Hospital and put up a polyclinic on 4% of the site, please contact them now.

Contact the panel on 020 7389 8046, info@irpanel.org.uk or by writing to Independent Reconfiguration Panel, 6th floor, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SP.

For more information, follow this link: http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/ealing-news/local-ealing-news/2013/08/08/get-behind-our-a-e-campaign-urge-doctors-64767-33706344/

Thanks for all your support. I do hope that very soon we shall not need to write to you again, once we have saved our excellent local hospitals!


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Its good to see getting places :thumb: but why one area so different to another? Is it because the hospitals are in a different borough, therefore different policies?
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Re: Save Ealing Hospital's A & E

Post by Colin S on Wed 23 Oct 2013, 19:17

An update for all our supporters, and thanks for being with us so far. Ealing Council's bid to have the decision overturned in the High Court failed. It is hard to see why. Our hopes now lie with the Secretary of State, who has the report from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel on his desk. I think we made sure they had plenty of evidence against the botched and flawed proposals, which will have devastating effects on the population of Ealing and the other areas where there will no longer be proper hospital cover.

If the plans go ahead, there will be no more babies born in Ealing, except for those born at home or in pub toilets.

There will be no A&E, for the thousands of those among the more deprived areas who rely on it. The complacent so-called clinical leaders think the extra journey times will have no effect on safety, and are promising us some kind of hospital Nirvana when we eventually get to an A&E in another borough. There is no evidence for this; but there is evidence for what happens when you take away an A&E: 'There are often a number of walk in centres and minor injury units within each health economy. The evidence suggests that walk in centres are not effective in reducing emergency department attendances except where they are co-located and integrated with emergency departments.' (The King's Fund, Urgent and Emergency Care: A review for NHS South of England, March 2013 page 14)

What You Can Do

Please keep Friday 8th November free for when the People's Inquiry comes to town and don't forget you can have your say on the day and submit comments at http://www.peoplesinquiry.org/ .

Or you can come to the second 'Interactive design workshop' run by the Shaping a Stealthier Future Team (sorry, 'Healthier) at Ealing Town Hall on 6 November; please e-mail them a request to join in at sahf@nw.london.nhs.uk .

We fight on. Despite what the NHS fat cats say, lives are at risk if we don't.

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