After controversial national changes to the NHS, Brent contributed to a major independent review led by top lawyer Michael Mansfield QC.
The Independent Healthcare Commission for North West London, led by Mr Mansfield, spoke to lots of residents and considered hundreds of pages of evidence and the final report has now been published.
The main findings are highly critical of the process of reorganising NHS services across North West London, including closing down Accident and Emergency centres at Hammersmith and Central Middlesex hospitals, and concentrating more services in other hospitals, including Northwick Park.
The report shows how wrong it was to shut these centres before it had first improved other services designed to relieve pressure on Accident and Emergency services. I’m also concerned that there isn’t a proper recognition of how quickly the population is growing, and how much NHS provision we really need. It’s important now that we learn those lessons, and focus on supporting Northwick Park and other NHS services in helping local people remain healthy. In future, any such changes need to be designed in greater collaboration with local councils.
Earlier today, I blogged on an unfortunate incident that occurred on Dollis Hill Lane yesterday – LINK.
I have just been in contact with the Police who have communicated the following to me:
On Thursday 7 October 2010 at about 12:20hrs a collision occurred in Dollis Hill Lane at the junction with Dudden Hill Lane. A male pedestrian in his seventies was struck by a large tipper lorry. Despite treatment from the London Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance, the pedestrian was declared dead at the scene.
We believe we know the identity of the victim and his next of kin have been informed. We await formal identification.
A post mortem will be carried out at Northwick Park Hospital in due course and an inquest will be opened at Barnet Coroner’s Court.
The driver of the lorry was arrested and taken to Wembley Police Station. He has been interviewed and bailed to return in January.
Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne of the Met’s Road Death Investigation Unit at Alperton said “This collision occurred close to a really busy interchange and there must have been a lot of people around at the time. I would urge anybody who saw what happened to contact us so that we can find out exactly what happened.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Investigating Unit on 020 8998 5319 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.