Around 66,000 signatures were ignored in a consultation process on plans to close four A&E services in the borough.
Hammersmith & Fulham residents are voicing their anger as 66,000 signatures were ignored in a consultation on plans to close four A&E services in the borough.
The results of the NHS North West London’s (NHS NWL) consultation cost taxpayers £7m and, despite being criticised as a ‘sham’ and ‘fundamentally flawed’ by experts, the results now threaten the future of local health services.
Charing Cross Hospital, owned by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, could potentially close as a result.
The trust, which historically has been one of the most indebted trusts in London, would pocket the cash from a sale or redevelopment of any part of the site.
Resident Jon Halse said: “The potential running down and closure of Charing Cross Hospital could be disastrous for the area with more homes and businesses starting continually. If the closure were to happen, I can see the day when a replacement will have to be built.”
The 66,000 signatures included in 18 petitions were counted as 18 responses.
But despite a vociferous campaign by local residents’ groups and their councils, NHS NWL has tried to claim support for its preferred option to close services.
Resident Lynda Harris said: “I have a heart condition which also puts me in danger of a stroke. I do not want to have to travel through heavy traffic to a hospital such as Chelsea and Westminster. I need to be near to the Charing Cross A&E and stroke unit. So do many other people in the area.”
H&F Council has vowed to continue its battle to protect local health services, but admit that this could spell the end for Charing Cross.
Councillor Nicholas Botterill, Leader of H&F Council, said: “We are deeply upset at the result. The NHS consultation was appalling and the service level left available to residents is appalling. This is bad news but there are options available to us and we are determined to see a hospital retained at Charing Cross.”
H&F Council has previously warned that Charing Cross is being systematically downgraded.
Those who wish to join the campaign may visit www.savecharingcross.com.
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