Time to join the fight over closure of hospital A&Es

You haven’t had to look far to see the almighty battle being waged by the council, local MPs and angry residents about the NHS scheme to shut our local A&E units.

As a local resident, businessman and father-of-two, I believe the NHS plans to shut these much-needed units is absurd. One of the real problems with relying on St Mary’s in Paddington or Chelsea & Westminster in Chelsea is that they are just too far away – especially during times of heavy traffic. And in west London, that is most of the time!

So, sign the council’s petition here: www.lbhf.gov.uk/savecharingcross and www.lbhf.gov.uk/savehammersmith

The council has also pointed out that ‘bungling NHS bureaucrats’ have scheduled a major meeting on the future of local hospitals on the day west London will be gridlocked by the Olympic road race. Here’s what they say:

“Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been warning for months that the Olympic cycle race, on Saturday, July 28, will bring almost total gridlock to west London due to the large number of road closures that organisers LOCOG need. The cycle race will see dozens of roads closed as hundreds of Olympic cyclists race along the route from central London to Surrey and back again. In H&F the roads around and including Fulham Road and Fulham High Street will be almost totally impassable for the whole weekend. But the massive disruption has not prevented NHS managers from scheduling the borough’s only ‘road-show’ to discuss the downgrading of Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals at Hammersmith town hall on the same day. Ironically Chelsea & Westminster Hospital – which would be the closest A&E to H&F if the NHS plans go-ahead – will be almost impossible to use on the very day that the NHS is inviting residents to discuss the closures of the two most accessible A&Es.”

So there is no time to be complacent. Join the fight now!

Pictured above: H&F Council’s Greg Smith, Marcus Ginn and Nick Botterill protest the threatened closure of Charing Cross Hospital