‘Monstrous’ £500m scheme to close London A&Es scrapped after Hancock U-turn

27 March 2019 – NHE

Ealing and Charing Cross A&E closure plans scrapped
26 March 2019 – BBC News

A £500m plan to close down almost half of the A&E departments in west London has been scrapped by the Health Secretary after a seven-year campaign against the “monstrous” shake-up.

Matt Hancock made the announcement to MPs in the Commons that the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future’ (SaHF) scheme was no longer supported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Therefore, the CCGs will no longer be taking forward the plans to close the A&E departments at Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals, with the latter also expected to sell of 87% of its site for housing.

Whilst future changes have been withdrawn, the programme has already led to the closure of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex A&E departments in 2014 and Ealing Hospital’s maternity unit in 2015.

Source (NHE)

Source (BBC News)

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