Jul 5 2012 by Mhairi Macfarlane, Harrow Observer
HEALTH bosses insist community petitions or political objections will not be enough to stop accident and emergency department closures in Brent.
Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal is set to lose its A&E department under NHS North West London’s shake-up of services, which means patients will have to travel to Northwick Park Hospital in Watford Road, Harrow, to visit the emergency department.
It is part of a re-organisation of how the Trust, which cares for 1.9 million people, deliver services and will see Central Middlesex and Ealing Hospital losing their A&E and downgraded to local hospitals, with 24/7 urgent care centres that could treat illnesses and minor fractures.
Speaking at the launch of its 14-week Shaping a Healthier Future public consultation on Monday, Dr Mark Spencer, leading the scheme, was asked if petitions or campaigns can stop the plans.
Dr Spencer said: “No. People are currently wedded to mediocre services.
“If we don’t do this then people need to realise that our hospitals will go bankrupt. We have already seen this in south London.”
The news has been met with anger by campaigners in Brent who are against the proposed closure of the A&E.
Graham Durham, secretary of Brent NHS Patients’ Campaign said: “Patients across Brent will be horrified to hear that the decision has already been made and will strengthen the campaign.”
Campaigners were due to meet on Tuesday to discuss a plan of action.