Deputy Mayor Shows His Support for Ealing Hospital
Richard Barnes says people need local services
Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London and Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon, has come out in support of Ealing SOS’s campaign to save Ealing Hospital.
Mr Barnes, who is standing in the London Assembly Election, was contacted by Colin Standfield, Chair of the Ealing SOS, earlier this week. Richard responded to the correspondence stating,
“Ealing Hospital’s A&E department provides care for 100,000 patients a year and the merger talks between the three hospitals involved need to remember that. Where do these people go if the A&E in Ealing closes? The answer is that they want to use Ealing Hospital, and so they should.”
His support follows Ken Livingstone's visit to the hospital alongside another GLA candidate, Onkar Sahota, earlier in the week - Ealing A+ E is threatened with closure under new proposals and is becoming a focal point in the forthcoming London elections.
Four out of nine accident and emergency wards in north-west London will close under NHS reorganisation plans.
Under current proposals - which are still being finalised - either Ealing or West Middlesex or will lose its accident and emergency ward.
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