NHS Accident and Emergency Closures

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3420
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The A&E Departments of Central Middlesex Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital are closing in September 2014 whilst no viable alternative provision has been made. This will lead to health inequalities and serious problems with health provision. What representations are you making to ensure adequate services are available in London?

Answer

Answer for NHS Accident and Emergency Closures

Answer for NHS Accident and Emergency Closures

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have no direct responsibility for the provision of health services in London. However, my officers meet regularly with Dr Anne Rainsberry, from NHS England (London), who has provided reassurances regarding the forthcoming A&E changes, and the provision of health services from surrounding facilities. 

The proposals for reconfiguration of North West London Hospitals has undergone lengthy consideration, including an Equality Impacts Strategic Review in June 2012. Recommendations from this Review were fed back into the proposal development process and considered by all parties. The proposed changes at the A&Es of Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospitals was approved by the joint committee of (former) PCTs, supported by all eight CCGs in North West London, and confirmed as an acceptable decision by the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.