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Halt NHS service closures in North West London, says Michael Mansfield QC

The “deeply flawed” decision to downgrade several North West London hospitals must be halted, according to a report by Michael Mansfield QC.

Waiting times at local A&E departments increased sharply after those at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex Hospitals were closed.

 

Consultation was inadequate and departments had been shut without providing adequate alternative healthcare, it added.

The report said: “Overwhelmed and inconsistent” GP services are “clearly failing to meet demand across the region”.

The Independent Healthcare Commission for North West London, led by Michael Mansfield QC, found the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ (SaHF) plan would cost at least £1bn, with “spiralling management and consultancy costs”.

Cutbacks had been aimed at the most deprived communities, and many vulnerable patients were now forced to travel to hospitals with poor public transport links.

Read more at BBC Health.

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