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Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP said in a recent Parliamentary debate that I blogged on earlier on Health that…
In 2010, the Secretary of State set out four tests that all proposed reconfigurations had to pass. They related to support from general practitioners, strengthened public and patient engagement, clear clinical evidence and support for patient choice. He said:
“Without all those elements, reconfigurations cannot proceed.”
So let me ask the Minister: does he think that the A and E units closing at Ealing, Hammersmith, Charing Cross and Central Middlesex pass that test? How about St Helier, King George, Newark and Rugby?
Dr Mark Spencer, Lead Medical Director for Shaping a Healthier Future which proposes to make Central Middlesex Hospital into an Elective Hospital rather a Major Hospital was at the Health Partnerships Overview and Scrutiny meeting last night at Brent Town Hall. He said that no decision had been finalised. However, he admitted that there would only be change to the proposals and preferred option A if something has been left out or if there was a gap identified somewhere that needed to be filled.
Sadly, it appears that there is little room for manoeuvre on these proposals.